Thursday, 31 May 2007

FIBRES: Camel 'Excellent Fibre'

Wendy Smith has very kindly sent us this photo taken at the Cameloid Show held at Ardingly, Sussex at the beginning of May.

Wendy is a member of the Kent Guild of Spinners, Dyers and Weavers and took a sample of our Camel fibre (basket on left) to demonstrate spinning. Wendy says in her letter to Fibrecrafts '...thank you very much for your generosity in supplying such excellent fibre for the demonstration..'

Thank you, Wendy for giving us such great feedback!

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

FIBRES: A 'Casein' Point - Milk Protein Tried & Tested

Sorry for the pun (we heard you groan)! Anne Cook has kindly sent us this pic of her Milk Protein (Casein) yarn which she dyed in skein using acid dyes.

When she saw it, Susan Litton decided to dye some of the fibre herself (see below). It takes the acid dyes very well, has a good sheen and a lovely soft handle

Friday, 11 May 2007

SILK: 5, 6, 7, 8mm...

A useful fact to know about silk fabric. The weight, and therefore the thickness is classified by the Chinese system of mommes, pronounced mummy, and normally shortened to 'mm'. The metric equivalent of 1mm is 4.3gm per square metre. A small Pongee scarf, 28 x 28cm, weighs just under 13gm.

This heavy Crepe de Chine scarf is 8mm