Part Two: Trilobal Nylon top

Another Nylon fibre I’ve been using recently is Rainbow Trilobal nylon tops. Trilobal nylon is incredibly bright and shiny, sparkly even. Just like other nylon, it can be dyed with acid dyes. The Rainbow top I used was from World of Wool. I’ve used it ‘as it comes’ for surface design on a few felt pieces, but for this piece, I separated the individual colours and blended the nylon with merino of similar shades.

It felts really nicely, and gives an interesting texture to the felt, aswell as a shiny, sparkly look. Like other nylon fibres it is really inexpensive and a great way for adding interest to felt.

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6 Responses to Nylon

  1. Is this nylon soft enough to wear next to the skin? I have this notion that it must be “plastic- like”…similar to a kitchen scrubby or citrus sack!

    • zedster66 says:

      It’s hard to say. I just tried this piece against my arm and it feels soft, but against my face, I could feel it more. I think nylon tops come in different deniers similar to microns for wool, so a finer one would be less prickly. It’d depend on the ratio of nylon to wool and how it was blended/felted too.
      It doesn’t feel like a kitchen scrubby at all! šŸ™‚
      I’d say the crimped nylon is much softer and finer though.

  2. shepherdessann says:

    Interesting, the shine is nice what ratio did you use for blending. if you try to iron it does it melt?

    • zedster66 says:

      I didn’t measure, but maybe 40% nylon. That’s just on the top layer though.
      I did wonder about it melting, so didn’t try ironing.
      Maybe I’ll do a test sample.

  3. ruthlane says:

    It could be interesting melted – give you a different surface texture…

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