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Sensational Silk: A Must-Have Collection of Articles & Patterns

Ever since a cocoon fell into an empress’s teacup, silk has fascinated fiber artists.

Pat Olski Nov 22, 2023 - 4 min read

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Handmade three-ply organzine after degumming is lustrous and soft. Photos by Michael Cook unless otherwise noted


What better time to pamper yourself, unwind, and get inspired than over the Thanksgiving holiday break?

We’d like to help you indulge in a great read with Sensational Silk: Weave, Knit, Crochet, and Embroider with One of Nature’s Luxuries, our holiday gift to our valued All Access subscribers. Silk is perfect for crafting swoon-worthy projects, and this collection is full of lovely patterns and interesting information to entice you into trying this luxurious fiber.

This beautiful Heraldic Rose Biscornu Pincushion by Katrina King, stitched in stranded silk thread, will be a welcome addition to your craft bag or a treasured gift. Photo by Joe Coca

Our carefully curated eBook contains interesting reads and popular project ideas from past issues across the Long Thread Media family, so there is something for everyone. From spinning and weaving, to needlework, knitting, and crochet, Sensational Silk is a lovely way to sample a craft that you may never have tried. Silk, which is stronger than cotton and wool, has an incomparable shine and softness, and has been captivating makers from all disciplines for thousands of years.

This beautiful late-nineteenth century table mat, demonstrates the exquisite detail that can be achieved with silk thread embroidery. H x W: 14 9∕16" × 11 13∕16" (37 × 30 cm). 1953-160-1. Photo courtesy of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A small project is a great way to sample this regal fiber. As an embroiderer, I can’t wait to make Katrina King’s showstopping counted needlework Heraldic Rose Biscornu Pincushion to give as a gift. And Dixie Falls’s Fingerless Silk Mitts to Crochet and Julie Turjoman’s knitted Peace Silk Beret and Cowl are vying for first place on the list of things I will look forward to making as the nights get longer and colder.

This essential eBook collection of fascinating articles and favorite silk projects includes:


  • “A Lustrous Treasure: Silk in Mexico” by Eric Mindling
  • “A Day in the Life of a Lao Silk Farm Worker” by Coleen Nimetz
  • “The Queen of Fibers” by Michael Cook


  • Glowing Embers by Marlene Lloyd [8-shaft]
  • Jin Silk Scarf by Bonnie Inouye with Robin Wilton [4-shaft]
  • “Origami” Napkins with Silk Overshot by Susan E. Horton [4-shaft]
  • Glow Scarf by Christine Jablonski [rigid-heddle]
  • Relaxation Eye Cover by Jennifer B. Williams [inkle]
  • Meghalaya Scarf by Shilpa Nagarkar [rigid-heddle]
  • Fingerless Silk Mitts to Crochet by Dixie Falls [crochet]
  • Heraldic Rose Biscornu Pincushion to Stitch by Katrina King [embroidery]
  • Peace Silk Beret and Cowl to Knit by Julie Turjoman [knitting]

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