Category Archives: Fibres

Plant Fibres for Spinning and Papermaking

cotton-bol

Fibres derived from plants are also known as cellulose fibres (except for Soybean which is a protein fibre, see below). These cellulose fibres are used in spinning and papermaking (using both the traditional technique and the silk papermaking technique), 3d embroidery techniques and feltmaking when combined with wool fibres or worked with a felting needle. […]

Louet Junior Drumcarder

Junior Drum Carder for wool

To spin a light and lofty yarn fibres should be carded before spinning them. A drumcarder makes light work of this process and can also be used for creating blends of fibre such as the Merino Wool and Silk blend pictured below. The blends of fibre can be used by both spinners and felt makers. […]

Creating Devore Fabric

Devore Velvet

You can create devore (from the French devorer – meaning to devour) by using a devorant paste on a mixed fibre fabric. The devorant destroys (burns out) viscose and plant (cellulose) fibres such as cotton, linen etc and leaves other fibres such as polyester and animal fibres, like silk and wool, intact. It is used […]

Spring coloured Wool Tops for Making Felt

Wool for felt making

When I walked into the warehouse this morning with Sharon’s cup of tea, I couldn’t resist coming back with the camera to photograph this assortment of coloured wool tops. Merino Wool Sharon was in the process of collating together the wool tops into a 1kg mixed bag of light colours. There are nine colours in […]

Merino Wool and Silk Blended Top – FELTED

Wool and silk felted together

You may remember our item about Felt Wrapped Soap and the lovely Merino wool and silk blend we used. Impatient as always, I decided to unwrap the soap before it had all been used. After carefully cutting open the package at one end I found that the fibre had not felted quite as much as […]

Iron Age Tools at The British Museum

wool-fleece

Evidence that wool has been used for clothing exists at The British Museum as far back as the Iron Age (800 BC – AD 50). There are a selection of combs carved from animal bone probably used to prepare the fibres and stone whorls which were used to weight the hand spindle. The wooden tools […]

Felt Artist, Sarah Brooker

Felt by Sarah Brooker

Sarah Brooker‘s skilfully crafted and vibrantly coloured felt artwork has been created using Fibrecrafts dyed Merino wool tops. One of Sarah’s early works was used on the 1996 Fibrecrafts catalogue cover. The original was bought by Ian Bowers (our Managing Director) and still hangs on his wall at Style Cottage.         Other […]

Merino Wool Tops for Felt Making

Merino Wool Tops for feltmaking

Felt making is most effective using wool fibres. The best to use is wool that has been cleaned and combed. The treated wool is known as wool tops, or wool roving. Fibre with a Bradford count of 60 or higher (find out more about wool classification), will felt readily when combined with water, heat and […]

Magical Angelina Fibres

Glistening Angelina Fibres

The glistening Angelina fibres can be used in a number of ways. This 15 denier synthetic fibre has a low melting point. This means it can be fused together easily to make a flat sheet. Fusing the Fibres using boiling water These vessels were made by inserting the fibres between two plastic pots and adding […]

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