Before you start weaving with silk, read this free guide

Silk is mesmerising, luscious, shining, beautiful. Silk yarn comes in a huge variety of forms, and the resulting woven textiles can range from a tissue-fine fabric you can read through to tough, heavy fabrics suited to wall hangings, rugs, and coats.

In its pure state, silk is also hygienic and hypoallergenic. It is a protein fiber whose amino acid composition is close to that of the human skin. Silk can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp, making it comfortable to wear next to the skin, and silk breathes, making it a good material for both summer and winter.


This guide to silk yarn for weaving projects is essential if you want to weave silk thread.

Silk weaving thread: learn the difference between reeled and spun thread

Learn how to weave silk with one free guide.

Learn about spun silk for weaving with this free download.

The Ancient Secrets of Making Silk Thread, and Why It Matters to You

The Discerning Weaver’s Guide to Silk by Michael Cook
Silk can be an investment, so it’s good to be an educated buyer when shopping for silk yarn. Although there are hundreds of dierent silk yarn names and brands, they can be divided into two main categories—reeled silk and spun silk. This article shows the difference and what types of silk weaving yarn to look out for.

Weaving with silk is different from other threads: here's why.

Everything You Should Know About Weaving With Silk – and Caring For Your Handwoven Silk

Weaving and Caring for Silk by Susan Du Bois
Although you may be accustomed to buying silk clothing labeled “Dry Clean Only,” you can wash silk. After all, silk has been in use for more than five thousand years and the modern-day dry-cleaning process didn’t begin until the mid-eighteenth century. Washing silk requires a bit of care but is not diffcult. Here’s how it should be treated.

Download this silk weaving loom pattern for free!

Silk Weaving Loom Pattern

Ombre Silk Shawl by Susan E Horton

This silk shawl works up beautifully on a rigid-heddle loom, and using direct warping eliminates the need for a cross and all the other time-consuming aspects of traditional warping. It’s simple to warp, simpler to weave, and allows you to use a silk boucle thread if you so desire.

Before you start weaving with silk, read this.

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This guide to silk yarn for weaving projects is essential if you want to weave silk thread.