Soy Bean Fibre
Soysilk is made from soyabeans, a completely natural and renewable resource. It is naturally anti bacterial and anti fungal because of its excellent water transmitting properties as it wicks away moisture from your skin. Soysilk feels wonderfully soft, silky and drapey, and is great to blend in yarns, art batts and to work into your nuno felting projects. It is Insulating enough to provide warmth and resists shrinkage and wrinkling.
25g pack: $12.50 ($11.36)
Milk fibre is a relatively new fibre. It is environmentally friendly, demonstrates superior strength and has many of the same properties of wool. It truly redefines the traditional definition of an animal protein fibre. It has a beautiful lustre and feel similar to that of silk. It is great for blending with your favourite fibres for adding strength and can be used in spinning or as an embellishment in felting. It also has good moisture absorption and conduction.
It takes dye beautifully; is comfortable, white, fluffy and springy; has a pH of 6.8 (same as the human skin) ; and can be blended with virtually any fibre or spun on its own.
25g pack: $12.50 ($11.36)
Mulberry bark, from the north of Thailand, is sometimes referred to as Kozo fibre or Kozo paper. The sheets look like thick scrim with several layers. You can pull the layers apart and soften the fibres in water to separate, and use them as strips of fibre or create holes and gaps in the wet fibres for great texture. You can use them to create 3-D shapes.
Layer them with Angelina fibre for an interesting contrast. The holes are wonderful for adding all sorts of other little extras and the paper takes colour superbly. Easily manipulated and stretched when soaked in water. Great for stitching on, backgrounds, layers etc.
To create all over texture with paint, paint the bark and then press the
bark onto fabric until you have covered your fabric with pattern, Or use
the bark like a stencil, dabbing paint though the fibre mesh with a stuff
paintbrush. Of course it takes dye very well.
The rest is up to your imagination!
Price depends on size/weight, see details.
Fibrous tissue from the abaca tree. Paper-like in appearance, and behaves like a fabric. This is an extraordinary tissue paper that has wet strength and can therefore be dyed with confidence and to great effect. Stitching on it is a breeze.
Can be printed onto, using inkjetset.
Pkt, 2 x A2 (51cm x 76cm) sheets: $4.50 ($4.09)
Has the same usability as Tissutex, but is much heavier and therefore stronger.
Pkt, 1 x A2 (51cm x 76cm) sheet: $4.50 ($4.09)