As Victoria gleefully shakes itself off after an ample dose of winter, we are finally clearing away recent shipments and looking forward to 2017 and the next round of fibre festivals and online sales.
One of our latest items for spinners and felters is Dyed Silk Hankies. Our supplier in Italy offers Black, White and six vibrant colours, from intense Fire to regal Florence. If you haven’t seen or used silk hankies in a felting, spinning or knitting project, trust me, they’re amazing!
Another great find in our New Arrivals section in our Online Store is Cashmere Top. This short (3cm), ultrasoft fibre is 13–18 microns in diameter. It’s costly and hard to get, but we have had a number of requests for the fibre so we jumped when one of our suppliers offered it recently. Cashmere goats yield only 100 grams of this soft undercoat each year, which explains the higher cost of the luxury fibre. Famous for its warmth, Cashmere is said to be 6 – 8 times warmer than wool.
New at Chaotic Fibres for nuno felters is our White Viscose Crepe Voile. This cellulose based fabric feels similar to silk and works very well for nuno felting. Voile is a loose, open weave fabric that allows felting fibres to bind easily. DHG’s creative genius, Gaia Girard, is a well known Italian designer and felting instructor. Her Blog on the variety of fabrics for nuno felting projects, including voile is worth studying. For clear instruction on nuno felting, see Gaia’s 15 minute video . Have fun experimenting!
Come and see Chaotic Fibres at these 2017 fibre events:
Saturday, February 18th. VHWSG’s Spin In at the Saanich Fair Grounds. The vendors area is open to the public with no admission charge.
Friday and Saturday, March 17th and 18th. The 9th annual Fibres West at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds in Surrey. 50 vendors, great workshops and demos.
Sunday, May 28th. 100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Festival in Coombs.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 30, July 1 and 2. Treadle Lightly, ANWG’s 2017 NW Weavers’ Conference at the University of Victoria. Over 30 vendors with free admission to the Market Hall. Fashion show, exhibits, workshops and seminars.
Sunday, August 20th. Fibrations at Robert Porter Park, Victoria.
Saturday, October 21st. Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival, Cobble Hill.