Kreinik Silk Serica® is a 3-ply, 100% pure FILAMENT SILK with a magnificent, rich sheen. It is a versatile silk thread that can be used singly as a fine twisted silk, or it can be separated for use as a highly reflective flat silk for more advanced stitching techniques (like Japanese embroidery, canvas work, laid work). Available on 10 meter (11 yard) spools.
appliqué (hand and machine), blackwork, costume making, crazy quilting (hand and machine), crewel, crochet, cross stitch/counted thread, doll making (hand or machine), hardanger, Japanese embroidery, knitting, lace making, machine embroidery/bobbin work, machine embroidery/couching, miniatures, needlepoint/canvas work, punch embroidery, ribbon embroidery (hand and machine), smocking, stumpwork, weaving.
Silk Serica® is ideal for a variety of stitches in samplers, hardanger, crewel, stumpwork, crazy quilting, and needlepoint or canvas work. Use it straight from the reel as a 3-ply twisted thread for tent stitch, satin stitch, kloster blocks and other stitches that showcase its texture. You can also ply Silk Serica® into 3 plies (do not ply further) and use it as a flat silk. The thread, when plied, is rippled. Use a laying tool to keep the thread flat as you stitch, or use a slightly damp cosmetic sponge to relax the thread. You may also choose to leave it rippled, which is reminiscent of silk work in antique samplers. Use one strand of Silk Serica® as it comes straight off the reel in tent stitch on 18-mesh canvas or in a variety of stitches on 28- to 32-count linen or evenweave fabrics.
Silk Serica® creates exquisite embellishments in machine work. It is ideal for small areas such as cuffs, lapels, pockets or appliquéed pieces. Use Silk Serica® in the bobbin of a machine, working the design from the bottom with adjustments to tension settings. Experiment until you find a set-up that works with your machine and your choice of fabric.
Silk Serica® should only be dry cleaned. Do not wash or wet block silk work. Do not use an embroidery hoop with silk thread in hand stitchery, as the rings, markings or folds left in the fabric cannot be removed by washing the piece. Instead, use stretcher bars, Q-snaps, or scroll frames.
Tips on using Silk Serica®
To keep your stitching looking its best, take time to wash your hands before stitching. Use a non-greasy hand cream to moisturize hands and prevent the silk from snagging on dry skin or cuticles.