Silk Top Mulberry | Pigtails
Wet felting, machine embellishing, paper making, spinning, doll making.
Mulberry silk top (also known as Bombyx silk top) is a rope-like form of lustrous silk fibres produced from domesticated silk worms fed on mulberry leaves. Each individual fibre is around 15 cm long and there are 3 to 4 metres of silk top in 15 grams.
Silk top can be very finely laid out on top of a bed of wool fibres and wet felted to create a lustrous silky wool felt. The silk top has no scales but the felting wool acts as a glue to lock the silk fibre into the wool fibre when wet felted.
The silk top can also be arranged in layers without any wool and a textile bonding medium applied to create beautiful hand made silk paper. A little goes a long way.