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Using Black and White Viscose together

Using Black and White Viscose together

I think most of the natural wool and fibre panels I’ve posted about have used one breed of wool and one fibre. I did post about Humbug (black and white striped) Jacob about a month ago, and I’d used both black and white viscose top with that. This first piece is light grey Swaledale, it’s mostly a creamy white with light and dark grey flecks which give it the light grey appearance. I blended some black and viscose tops by hand and laid them on top of the Swaledale:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe overall appearance of the blend is a dark grey, with white streaks:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe separate colours are a bit more obvious close up, I like the way the fibres appear to sit just on the surface, lightly tangled with the Swaledale fibre.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a bit closer and slightly at an angle, showing where the fibre is a little bit thicker, I like the twists and waves.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis next piece is one of my favourites, it’s English 56s with Angora locks. I don’t know if there’s a proper name for older goat locks, I’ve heard ‘yearling’ used, but I don’t know how old the goat was these are from. They are a lot thicker and generally less soft and more wavy than curly kid mohair. I loosely combed the locks through a handcarder with either black or white viscose, to blend with the locks. I laid them out loosely alternating each row: black, white; white, black etc.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn angled shot:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA close up where the locks were felted in more:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd a supermacro of course:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you prefer combinations of wool and fibres which have lots of character and texture or do your prefer the more softer effects of fibres closely felted to the surface of a smoother wool?

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