Lots of ‘other’ fibres

Lots of ‘other’ fibres

Although a lot of the speciality fibre tops seem to look very similar at first, especially the white ones, they all have their own unique qualities. It’s interesting to try the different fibres on different types of wool to find out how they work together. Sometimes, they really compliment each other. Other times, like Banana fibre on grey Suffolk, they give interesting textural results. One thing I like to try is lots of different fibres on one type of wool. This shows the differences in how the fibres work with the same wool and also which would work well together with the same wool. I recently got some nice brown Finnish wool tops and tried 7 different speciality fibres with it. I alternated between the white/silvery fibres and the creamy/golden fibres. In order from Top to Bottom, I used: Banana fibre tops; Soybean tops; Ingeo tops; Flax; Milk Protein fibre tops; Hemp and Ramie tops.

Earlier this year I made a Merino and Hemp pouch which was ‘lined’ with cotton gauze. The texture was gorgeous. I’ve used the gauze a few times along with other fibres, and it always looks great, so I thought I’d try it on its own with some dark brown Corriedale. I’d planned to use it just as a test piece, but I really liked how it turned out, so I tried it in a frame I’d recently bought and loved the way it looked.

What have you been working on lately? Do you have a favourite combination of other/speciality fibres that work well together? Or a fibre or fabric like the gauze which makes a great feature by itself?

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13 thoughts on “Lots of ‘other’ fibres

  1. You are making me jealous Zed. It is not as easy to get all those great fibres in Australia, although it is getting better. The effect is luscious and the framed one looks really interesting. I can imagine all sorts of fun things to do with that.
    I am working on another picture with lovely bamboo as highlights in the foaming sea. No picture as yet but will post tomorrow.
    Have you ever tried kelp fibre? We have some of the world’s richest bull kelp on the island and I rang the manager of the Kelp Industries to see if they could make it. He told me he knew of the process but that it involved some heavy duty chemicals to break it down and preferred not to get into it. It is amazing how soft and silky all these fibres are compared to their raw state. Kelp is no different – looks like bamboo fibre.

    1. Thanks Liz πŸ™‚
      We’re having a fibre swap on the forum, post what you’re offering and what you’re interested in and hopefully find a match. I posted mine which is lots of other fibres.
      No, I haven’t tried kelp, World of Wool has ‘Seacell’ seaweed fibre, which I’m guessing is the same. Even at their very low prices it’s an expensive fibre. And if it’s like Bamboo, I may aswell stick to that πŸ™‚
      I’m looking forward to seeing your new picture, I bet the Bamboo works well, t’s incredibly shiny and reflective, isn’t it?

  2. I love the ‘Finnish and other fibres outside’ – the colours and wavy pattern make it a real piece of ‘eye candy’ and it should be framed!

    I am also fascinated by gauze – can’t explain why though.

    1. Thanks Lyn πŸ™‚

      That’s a good idea, I’ll get another frame next time I go out. I’m really getting to like frames, I tried a dull sample with cotton noil in a frame yesterday, and it really transformed it.

  3. I love the various fibre effects. Where do you get your gauze, I’m having difficulty finding any which isn’t in industrial quantities. Also where can I find the fibre swap on the forum. Can’t see wood for trees probably!

  4. They look so soft and silky zed, the guaze in the frame is really affective, i can see some stitching on that. Thanks for all your experimenting, i tend to get stuck on one type of fibre so its great to see what you do and it entices us to try new things πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Kaz πŸ™‚
      That’s a really good idea, I bet stitching would look good on the gauze πŸ™‚

  5. It’s great to see all the fibers side by side. Remember to label it so you can remember whats what next year. It is amazing what framing something does for a piece.

    1. Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      It’s funny, I lost the notes for which fibres they were, but I’ve used them so often now I was able to work out what they were. Then found the notes of course πŸ™‚

  6. Great experiments Zed. You should frame a lot of your pieces because they all are beautiful. I just made a nuno jacket with Tencel, seacell, soy and silk noil. It was on merino and 5mm silk. Dyed it after felting and since all the fibers take dye differently it turned out really neat.

    1. Thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      The Jacket sounds cool, I can’t wait to see it. Though, dyeing beautiful golden soyfibre is just wrong πŸ™‚

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