Batts, Bamboo and more…

Batts, Bamboo and more…

Our Guest Artist/Author today is Cathy Wycliff aka Luvswool

Recently, I received some nifty embellishment fibers from Zed (thanks again!) around the same time my Opulent order of batts was delivered, so I decided to combine two experiments.
One experiment idea was offered by Fiona Duthie on her blog and involved combining batts for color overlap or shadowing. I chose moss, chlorophyll, teal and sand. All were Opulent coopsworth batts except for the teal, which was handmade and provided by Marilyn (Pandagirl). As I recall, the teal was a combo of hand dyed Cheviot, Domestic 56s, merino and mulberry silk. I lifted the edges of each batt and overlapped the next color of batt, then wet-felted to the pre-felt stage.


Next, I added the first set of embellishment fibers, shown up-close in the photo below: bamboo staple, banana, milk fiber and crimped viscose.



I wanted to see which fiber proved to be the shiniest. As I worked the fiber in, I was not paying much attention to the coopsworth batts, which did not provide as much shadowing as I had expected. Could be the unevenness of the batts or unequal distribution of the overlapped batts, or perhaps not enough fulling. All of the embellishments added shine, but I think maybe the crimped viscose turned out best, closely followed by the banana and milk. Although the bamboo staple did not provide much shine, it sparked an idea for a future experiment as an inclusion in nuno-felting.

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I grabbed my next set of Zed’s embellishment fibers, this time using (top to bottom) black bamboo, pale blue acrylic (looks white in photo), black nylon tops and green nylon.

I placed all of the fibers on Domestic 56’s roving, which I lightly pre-felted. I was pleased with the sample results, especially the grey/black bamboo (top) and the crazy/wild green nylon (bottom).


I’ll definitely want to use these fibers as embellishments in my upcoming projects!

Thanks Cathy! You had some great discoveries with new fibers!

14 thoughts on “Batts, Bamboo and more…

    1. Thanks, Lyn! I did enjoy the experiment and will be playing with many more fun fibers in the future!

  1. Thanks, Judy! When my youngest sis saw the pale blue acrylic she loved it, and I’ve since incorporated it into wrist warmers.

  2. Great experiments, Cathy! I think I’m guilty of not doing enough of those, so you’ve inspired me to try a few things with the fibres I have in my stash 🙂

  3. Thanks, Leonor! I do love experimenting, but this is a tough time of year to be trying out new techniques with all of the other busy-ness. I am making notes of fibers I want to work with after the New Year. ;-))

  4. Blimey that green is bright! There’s a big contrast between the synthetic fibres and the ‘natural’ ones, isn’t there? I know banana is more on the white side than shiny, but that bluey white acrylic looks like it has fluorescent properties! I like the bamboo staple, it has a nice effect. It sounds like you enjoyed experimenting 🙂

    1. Neon green, or close to that! Can’t think of where I would use it, but I know it will come up at some point in the future. I really did enjoy the experiments and appreciate the “nudge” to do so.

  5. It is interesting to try out the different fibers and see what happens. I like that they all have their own properties although they may look similar to begin with. And yes, that green nylon is bright. It reminds me of the colors of Angelina that I was using a couple of weeks ago.

    1. You’re right, Ruth. Even though they look similar to begin with, the synthetics all do felt in a different way. The green, omygosh! I don’t normally use the brights but I am intrigued by the possibilities.

  6. I’m glad you enjoyed the experiment Cathy. The colors are even more dazzling in person. I think your color pallete just took a left turn. :-). Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Thanks, Marilyn! I did enjoy the experiments and my usual neutrals have been stirred up a bit for sure.

  8. Great samples, Zed is spreading the virus. soon all of us well be infected. They are great reference. Don’t forget to pin a note to the samples so you can remember what each is and how you made them.

  9. Thanks, Ann, and I’ve had the virus for awhile now. Brilliant suggestion about identifying the samples (before I forget and this thread disappears!)

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