Updated August 20, 2023.
Around for centuries, silk gauze is a type of interlock canvas woven from almost transparent silk threads. Most often found in small mesh (up to 60-mesh), it has more recently become available in easier-to-see 18 and 20-mesh. Kreinik sells it all.
Because gauze is very expensive it’s usually sold in cut pieces mounted into mat board. This makes for a nicely portable project.
You may have thought that silk gauze could only be used for miniature needlepoint. While that continues to be the most popular use, it can be used for any technique. For example my Nutty Rectangle pattern (available free here) uses silk gauze for a Bargello design.
In a recent blog post, Kreinik talks about silk gauze, how to get started and why it’s great to use.