Here's what I had to say about it the last time I posted about batting:
Silk - silk batting is something I started using a year ago as well. I've found Hobbs Tuscany Silk to be a fabulous alternate to cotton batting. The batting is 90% silk and 10% polyester. I find that since the silk is a natural fiber it has the "stickiness" of cotton and lays flat like cotton as well. I enjoy using it in my quilts. If I want my design to really puff up, I would not chose silk as it doesn't have the puff of wool that I like.
Now, since then I've learned a couple of new things about the Tuscany Silk Batting I want to share. The first is that it is slightly tan in color, not dark, just light like their 80/20 batting. Not a big deal for most quilts, but I wouldn't put a white quilt on top of it as the white seams show through...ask me how I know. Look carefully at the quilt below. If you look just around the edge of the the colored ring (This is done is Island Batik's Drizzle Collection...so pretty!) you can see a white line where the seams overlap. If I'd put this quilt on a white batting this would not be noticeable.
So here's the finished quilting. Can you tell? Not really, so I didn't and don't worry about it, but it's something to think about when considering batting choices.
And now time for my next discovery.
When I was working my Pocket Watch quilt I used a small piece of silk batting. This quilt was different for me in that I actually washed it. I don't always wash the small things I make for this blog when I'm finished (I do prewash ALL of my fabric). However, all those gears in the background were drawn with a blue wash-out pen and it had to be washed.
I used my usual method of soaking in cold water, then wringing inside a rolled up towel. I must admit I did then iron it dry from damp as I wanted to start painting it. What I discovered when it was dry is that it has an INCREDIBLE drape. It reminds me of my great-grandmother's quilts that have been used since the sixties with the nice draping cotton batting inside. I wish you could feel how nice it is though the computer...
I will definitely use this batting again soon!
I hope you get to quilt today!
Hi Suzy, thanks for sharing your discovery with us. It should like the silk batting is worth using. I just love your Pocket Watch quilt. It's really stunning!ReplyDelete
Those are both so pretty. Lovely work!ReplyDelete