Several members of the group have bought silk thread from Fibreholics, a weaving supplier in Kaitaia. Each cone of thread is quite expensive ($35-$50), but as there's over a kilometre on a cone it's significantly cheaper by the metre than embroidery silks, or even crochet cotton.
Update: Many of these are now available in much smaller, cheaper rolls - $6-$12 for 10grams. That's still a lot more than in a skein of embroidery thread.
We tend to buy different colours, so we can swap. So far, we have:
Schappe (Mulberry) Silk Nm 120/2x4, ca 15'000m/kg
(Heavier silk, good for finger-loop braiding, tablet weaving, etc. About 1.5km on a roll.)
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Mulberry Silk Nm 60/2, ca 30'000m/kg
(Finer silk, good for fine tablet weaving, lace, embroidery etc. About 3km on a 100g cone, or 300m on a 10g roll.)
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Linen silk, 50/50 blend, Nm 60/2; cream
This is fuzzier, more uneven, and somewhat weaker than the silk threads. It's still nice to work with, and potentially useful for a range of SCA projects. Ok for bobbin-lace. Katherina has a cone.