Pick and Mix, Silk Fibre Selection, Silk Tops, Laps, Throwsters Waste, Cut and Degummed Cocoons, Hankies, Caps, Silk String, Silk Neps


Shipping to United States: $19.20

135g of mixed silk fibres - our pick and mix selection. The picture is only representative of the selection you will receive but all the photographs are representative of quantity. The contents will include all of the following - Silk Tops, Silk Laps, Silk Throwsters Waste, Silk Degummed Cocoons, Silk Mawata Caps, Silk Mawata Hankies, Silk Cut Cocoons and Silk Carrier Rods, Silk String, Silk Neps and may sometimes include Silk Cocoon Strippings, Gummy Silk Filament, Silk Filament Sheet, Silk Noil or any other Silk Fibres we have around at the time of packing.

SILK TOPS - A1 grade Mulberry Silk Tops A very luxurious fibre used for spinning, felt making, silk paper making and needle felting.

SILK LAPS - Top quality Mulberry Silk Laps.
Our silk laps are produced whilst carding the silk fibres to produce silk tops for spinning into yarn, consequently they have a similar staple length as the tops but with much more texture.
The silk fibres are fed into an industrial drum carder to be carded into silk sliver. At the end of the day the carder is all matted up (a bit like a hairbrush) the lap is then peeled from the drum in a flat sheet. A full lap measures about 4 feet by 8 feet, weighs approximately 1.2 kilos and is so called because it is one lap of the drum carder.
The silk laps are especially good for felt makers to include with wool whilst wet felting to create added texture and lustre. The laps are also suitable for spinning into yarn, needefelting, silk paper making, mixed media techniques, embroidery and scrapbooking.

SILK CUT COCOONS - The cocoon is spun by the silkworm in one continuous thread almost a mile long. The cocoons vary in size. Most of them are an oval shape with a hole cut in them. They can be cut, dyed, painted and sewn. Used in jewellery making, mixed media projects and embellishments.

SILK THROWSTERS WASTE - A by-product of the twisting of filament in the reeled silk industry. It is unlike any other fibre on the market and an inexpensive source of high quality, long silk fibre. It can be handled in several ways to create textured or smooth, shiny yarns and can also be an inexpensive source of silk for blending. The curly texture of this fibre is a fun way to add texture and colour to your quilting, stitching, needle felting, silk papermaking (silk fusion) and other fibre arts.

SILK DEGUMMED COCOONS - the silk cocoons from which the silk moths have emerged (as a consequence they are damaged and can not be unreeled) are degummed altogether in a mass. This is an unusual lumpy textured mass of silk. It can be spun, used for felt making or mixed media work.

SILK MAWATA CAPS - silk cocoons that have been stretched into a cap shape - a cap can be made with up to 37 cocoons.

SILK MAWATA HANKIES - hankies are silk cocoons that have been stretched over a frame into approximately a ten inch square. They can be used for spinning into yarn, needle felting, felting.

SILK CARRIER RODS - These slit tubes are the by-product of reeling silk from the cocoon. Rods are approximately 5 - 6" (13–15cm) long. They are wonderfully textural for stitching, silk papermaking (silk fusion) and any embellishments. They can be pressed flat or pulled apart to reveal interesting criss-cross of the fibres. Also used for felting, weaving, embroidery or mixed media. They contain serecin - if sprayed with water, criss crossed over each other and ironed they stick together to form interesting "silk papers".

SILK STRING. This a very unusual product,. The string is made by hand ( not by us) and still contains Serecin from the Silkworm. It is quite stiff and textural because of the Serecin, which is very difficult to remove except by repeated boiling. ( but you wouldn't want to remove it anyway)
Use for weaving, 3D Sculptural Forms, Mixed Media Knitting, etc. etc.
The Silk String is Ecru in colour. It can be dyed with both Procion MX dyes and Acid Dyes and also painted.

SILK NEPS. Silk Neps are little balls of Silk Fibre which can be included in your batts for spinning. They can also be included in wet felting and needle felting for added texture and they dye beautifully.

All our products are stored in a smoke free and pet free environment.

We always try to portray our colours as accurately as possible, but please be aware that different monitors display colours in different ways.


We are a VAT registered business.
VAT Registration Number GB 747 0015 55.
Orders from within the UK will include 20% VAT. If you require a VAT invoice please let us know and we will supply one with your order.

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Shipping from United Kingdom

We offer Free Worldwide shipping on orders over £120 which is applied automatically at the checkout.
(exceptions to this are large bulky items such as multiple large bags of silk fibres or 50 metre rolls of cotton scrim. Please ask for quotes for shipping on these items).

We operate a worldwide mail order service and aim to pick pack and dispatch orders within 2 to 5 working days.

We post items Monday - Friday and we do not post on weekends.

We post all items by Royal Mail 2nd class within the UK which takes 1 - 4 working days but could take up to 15 working days to arrive. If the item has still not arrived within 15 workings days please contact us.

For International postage, we use international standard and international signed for services, please allow up to 25 working days for delivery. Most of our international parcels are however, delivered within one to two weeks.

International orders over certain values (this can vary depending on your country) may attract custom fees and/or import charges. This is out of our control and any fees incurred are the buyers responsibility. It is illegal for us to mark the parcel as a gift or sample, unless it is actually a sample (ie. unpaid for).
Please check that what you are purchasing will be allowed through customs in your country, if items are returned to us due to being refused by customs, we will refund the cost of the item, but not the shipping fees.

Prices are changing for Royal Mail parcel products to the USA from 1 July 2020

As a result of exceptional cost increases outside of our control, we are reluctantly introducing pricing changes for parcels being sent to the USA from 1 July. We are limiting the increase to only recover the costs we are experiencing.

These costs are a direct result of:

An increase of more than 100% in the fees the US Postal Service (USPS) charges for the ‘last mile’ delivery of international mail
Securing air freight at inflated market costs due to a 95% reduction in air passenger flights globally following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

If you are in any way unhappy with your purchase please let us know and we will try to rectify the problem.

Some items are sold exactly as seen, others have only a representational photograph (eg Pick and Mix selections). Many of our items are represented using generic images and colours may vary between dye baths. We want you to be pleased with your purchases so please make sure you read our descriptions and shop policies so that you know exactly what you are buying.

If you wish to return an item, please contact us within 14 days of receipt and return within 28 days, unused with original packaging.
Postage is not refunded except where the item is faulty, damaged or not as described.
The cost of the postage for returning the item is the buyers responsibility - we recommend that you use an insured/trackable method of return.

Return address

Oliver Twists Threads Ltd.
37 Ridgeside
Kirk Merrington
County Durham
DL16 7HF
United Kingdom


All our products are dyed in a smoke free and pet free environment.

We thoroughly rinse and scour our products of residual dye, but they cannot be guaranteed colourfast.

We always try to portray our colours as accurately as possible, we colour match our images using an Apple iPad, but please be aware that different monitors display colours differently.

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