I am interested in purchasing patterned silk fabric, like the kind you see used in J Crew's kid's neck ties. Usually some kind of repeated pattern over a solid colored background. Kind of preppy looking. Does anyone know where you can get fabric like that? Is there some sort of secret underground network of suppliers in Italy or something? Thanks in advance!
My son and daughter-in-law have 3 high-quality new silk Persian rugs in great condition that each cost multiple tens of thousands of dollars. Photos here. They have asked me to help them sell them where they might be valued. Hence my appeal to the hive-mind for suggestions? [more inside]
I use OxiClean to remove stains (especially pit stains) from shirts made from cellulose or synthetic fibers (so cotton, linen, rayon, poly, etc.). The instructions say not to use it on silk or wool, but they don't say why. What adverse effects will result if I use OxiClean on protein fibers?
Thinking about using silk in two bedding projects. I have two cats and a toddler. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
What is this intriguing device I noticed at a friend's house? Friend has no idea. It's about 6 inches in length. It was patented by Holland Mfg of Willamantic, CT, and a Google search suggests it might have something to do with 19th century silk manufacturing. Ideas?
I've come across a website exporting used silk and rayon saris from India. A few seem in poor condition, or have some obvious stains. But some appear pristine. My question is, one, is there not a market for second-hand saris in India? Two, what renders a sari unwearable, apart from stains and rips and obvious wear? Like, would you not be seen dead in a fabric pattern from 5 years ago? And three, would you not want your mother's or grandmother's vintage silk saris, and if not, wouldn't somebody else? I can't understand why it makes economic sense to export this stuff: the garments on the website seem too cheap for 5 yards of vivid silk, even if the buyer has to discard portions of it.
Many many moons ago I found the most wonderful silk bathrobe at a thrift store, I wore it till it fell apart, and I've been unable to find a replacement. [more inside]
What has your experience been with silk tops? Specifically in regards to Everlane and/or Equipment if you've purchased from there. What other tops/blouses can you recommend to keep warm and look presentable at work? [more inside]
[Stainremovalfilter] Spilled some delicious beet juice on my aqua blue sweater. It's silk and cashmere. [more inside]
I have a weird problem: my knees get really cold, really easily. I live in LA, and even in the middle of this unusually warm summer, the slight temperature drop at night is enough that by morning my knees are freezing and I have to put on warm sweat pants (much to the bewilderment of my wife, it being the middle of summer, and us not having AC). [more inside]
i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
Do you think that silk dupioni is the best choice of fabric for my wedding dress when I am plus-sized? I have described it in detail inside. [more inside]
What kind of ink do I need to silk-screen onto a wool army blanket? [more inside]
How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
Identify 2 silk plants please [more inside]
I have a 100% silk pillowcase. After washing how the instructions told me to (in cold water and hanging it up to air dry) it feels stiff. How can I get it to feel soft and silky again? The instructions said not to dry it. Thanks!
A cat left two paw prints on a 100% silk pillow cover. How do I get them out? [more inside]
I am doing a musical theatre revue in a formal gown. I am fat and there will be dancing. How can I minimize the look and feel of sweat and still stay fancy? [more inside]
My lovely boyfriend did me the wonderful favour of doing my laundry for me while i was at work! Unfortunately, that favour included machine washing and drying a 100% silk dress, and a 100% wool sweater. Help! (he also saw the not-so-nice underwear and the spanx, but that's a whole other story.) [more inside]
I own this down alternative comforter. It causes me to wake up with sweaty legs, so I'm looking for a replacement. This article recommends that people in my situation should go with silk or cotton instead of down. Is there an advantage to do that over just getting a thinner down comforter? Note: my bedroom ranges from 62-65 at night.
I tore a silk dress, a long way from any seams or pleats or details. How do I fix this? [more inside]
How to fix horrific bleach-on-silk tragedy. [more inside]
I just got some vitamin E cream on my new silk shirt: what should I do? [more inside]
Looking for personal recommendations for high quality silk sheets and ways to clean/ care for my silk. [more inside]
How can silk screen lettering be removed from nylon shirts? [more inside]
How to remove vomit from a silk carpet? [more inside]
Please recommend sheets for someone who gets very warm in the night. [more inside]
I can't get a body odor smell out of an expensive silk dress. Dry cleaning seems to have made it worse. Does anyone know what might get the smell out?
Any tips to help me repair the damage to a dress I've worn only once? [more inside]
Silk screen printing: I have the blank shirts. I have the design in a PSD file. I need a printer that can print shiny silver foil... Any suggestions? [more inside]
What is the best way to pack a silk dress without wrinkling it? [more inside]
Where might I find silk scarves between Burlington, Ma and Manchester, NH? [more inside]
How do I get a stain out of a silk tie? [more inside]
What should I do with Indian silk? My boyfriend went to India and brought me back some gorgeous Indian silk fabric, which I have no clue what to do with. Theres probably about four or five yards...any suggestions?
Are silk stockings less likely to run or snag or be otherwise damaged through regular use than nylons?
Find me a good, thin eye mask for sleeping that would allow me to sleep on my stomach comfortably. [more inside]
I just bought an antique Japanese doll and she's in fair condition except for one thing--her silk "skin" is very discolored. How can I make her snow white again? [more inside]
I'd like to dye a silk blouse. Any thoughts? Any suggestions for an appropriate brand of dye, or should I not attempt this at all?
I would like to find a printing manufacturer in Korea or China who manufactures Silk laminated business cards and postcards. Presently I wholesale 4 color printing to printers and would like to add this service. I know they have distribution in the U.S. and I would like to find the source. Any ideas?
How do I get the fishy smell out of a silk (well, silk and cashmere blend) sweater? [more inside]
I hung my new silk shirt up to dry after washing it the first time, only noticing later that the tag specifically says "dry flat." [more inside]
How do I hang a 40 year-old silk kimono on a wall without damaging it? [more inside]
Does anyone have a link to (or a copy of) the famous 'Zulu War/Rorke's Drift' pastiche Silk Cut cigarette advert shown in British cinemas in the 1970s?
I would like recommendations for good places to buy high quality artificial flowers. Online stores or places in NYC. Money little object as long as they look good. [more inside]
I've been actively trying to create shirts of the quality seen here. While I'm less concerned with the technical aspects of creating a vintage/fatigued looked -- how does one go through the initial stages of design? (What program is best to design in, how should I approach the silkscreener, fabric acquisition...) [more inside]
How do I clean mud off silk shoes?
I wear lots of silk knits and I love to cook. Sometimes I get olive oil spots splashed on the knit and I can't seem to ever get the spots out. I wear an apron but the stuff is sneaky. How can I get those spots out of my silk knits?
Screen-printing/Silk-screening: I'm looking to get into it to produce some t-shirt ideas I've had floating around. But I don't want to buy all the expensive equipment. Is it feasible to build your own press, provided with good instructions?
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