Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian Cotton

One of my favourite fibres to use in felting recently is Egyptian Cotton. It smells, looks and feels gorgeous. Egyptian cotton top is soft and silky, but it has a short staple length. I realised when I was making some blends of wool and other fibres for a recent project, that for blending, cotton works well if it is fluffed up or carded first. The soft fluffy wisps of carded cotton reminded me of clouds and sea foam on waves, so I blended some of the cotton fibre with a few different blue shades of merino and made an abstract wet felted piece in sea and sky colours.

Egyptian cotton top and merino wool

 I have a nice wooden picture frame and cream photo mount that I think this would look good with. Have you tried cotton fibre? We’d love to hear about your experiences with cotton fibre, whether it be dyeing, spinning, felting, weaving or anything else. Post a link in the comments, or if you’ve joined our flickr group, add your photos there. Photos added to the Flickr group show up on the main page of the blog. Clicking on a picture in the flickr widget takes you to the owner’s photostream.

8 thoughts on “Egyptian Cotton

  1. Great result, I haven’t been able to find a supplier of the Egyptian Cotton Top in Australia but would love to try it in felting. It’s interesting to experiment with different fibres.

    1. Thanks a lot 🙂
      If you can find Egyptian cotton fibre, that’s good enough, especially as it’ll probably be cheaper. The tops are more suitable for spinning or would take very careful handling to spread out the fibres. I added a photo of the tops to our plant based fibres page:

      World of Wool in the UK is very cheap for fibres and shipping
      They have the prices in US $ too, which is almost the same as AU$ right now

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