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Put the Starch Back in your Silk

Starch can be done

After the wash, can you starch silk?  Should you NOT wash silk taffeta because you’ll wash out the finish?  Then what?  Can you put the scroop back in the silk?  What happens if you didn’t previously wash your silk and now it has water marks where rain drops rinsed away the factory finish?

I tested three different starches on Tuscan Sunset Habotai and then I tested my favorite on a scrap of Pink Lemonade.  The overall winner really does bear out the statement that you get what you pay for.  My recommended Starch for silk is Le Blanc Portfolio Linen Press.  It creates a crisp, firm hand, and works well on Habotai as on Taffeta.

Before dipping and starching your finished garment, please test ANY starch on a scrap.  I recommend is keeping a scrap of silk after the finished project WITH the finished project. This is so that if you find yourself having to starch, you have a scrap to practice on first.

On to the video:


So YES!  You can starch silk…at least, you can starch Damask Raven silks.  But always test on a sample first.  Make sure you’re happy with the results.  And don’t be scared of your silk!  Don’t be scared to experiment and see how marvelous silk can be to work with.  It’s not a king cobra.  No one’s going to die if you try washing and starching silks.  Or maybe they will.  Only one way to find out 🙂

7 thoughts on “Put the Starch Back in your Silk

  1. Thanks for sharing such useful information xxx

    1. You are very welcome 🙂

  2. Thank you for the research. It looks like the Amazon link to the product may be broken. I went to Amazon and found they list it as LinenPress, without a space between those two words.

    Thanks again!

    1. Thank you for letting me know the link is down. I’m glad you liked the blog post 🙂

  3. I’m a senior gal who has used spray starch off and on for years. The residue from the Faultless can probably be avoided by letting it sit longer to soak into the fiber. Or spray then rub it with your hand to work it in. Use a light coat and repeat for a stiffer hand. These methods prevented the residue for me, though on cotton.

    1. Good tip! Thank you Donna for sharing 🙂

  4. […] Silk is essentially a protein fiber, consisting of fibroin and sericin.  Like hair, it will go crazy with static in dry weather or when an electrical storm is on the way.  But also like hair, silk is NOT prone to static in high humidity environments, due to the way it absorbs moisture.  So to prevent static in silk, you “water” it.  Water is in quotes, in this instance, because you don’t to actually put water on the silk.  Water won’t hurt silk, but if you’ve starched it, it will leave spots and require re-starching. […]

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