Chaotic Fibres suggestions for felting fibres

We’ve got you covered for felting!

The excitement of felt::feutre and the world of felting continues to both captivate us and drive our collection of fibres to new and greater heights. Check our Online Store’s page on Felting Wool and Supplies to see which fibres we recommend for felting.

Check out these recommended fibres for your next felting projects:

Cape Merinocape merino felting wool chaotic fibres, a South African merino that was in great demand at felt::feutre. It’s very soft
(19micron) with a very short staple that gives a solid and stable base for both wet and needle felting. We have many fabulous colours available.

If you want to dye your own, our white, carded Finnish batt is a terrific choice. This is a medium fibre at 24 to 31 microns with a longer staple length at 10 to 15cm. These are on order and expected soon. Also, our undyed Bergschaf batting has long been popular for felting. It’s a short, heavier fibre between 27 to 30 microns and popular for both needle and wet felting.

We have 29 colours Maori batts. This semi-soft fibre is popular with wet and needle felters for creating sturdy, durable items like bags and vessels. It felts quickly. Our natural grey Maori/Bergschaf in a 70/30 combination may work well for you as a base for sculptural work. This one is new for us but it comes with a very high recommendation from fibre artisans working with our Italian supplier.

Merino batts for needle and wet felting from Chaotic Fibres online storeIf you’re looking for excellent blends to add texture and colour features to your work, our 80/20 blend of Camel/Merino and 70/30 of Merino/De-haired Yak are wonderfully soft and luxurious. And, of course, the standard bearer for softness and versatility, our 21 micron Merino carded batts are amazing as are the striking colours. Remember too that our Merino top comes in many forms and many colours and can be found on our page for Wool-Dyed. You have lots of choice!

Batts or roving? You’ll see fibres listed on our store as batts and as roving or top. Fiona Duthie experimented with batts and roving to see if one would be better for building a solid fibre base for wet felting. The difference between the two is simple. Batts are carded and dyed but not combed so the fibres run in all directions, as opposed to roving and top which are both combed after carding to align the fibres neatly in a single direction. When batting is used to create a base, there’s no need to layer with alternating directions so it can save some time. Fiona found at the end of her experiment that both worked equally well.

So, try your own experiment! Play with a batt.

 

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From Fantastical Felt Feutre to Charismatic Cowichan: Chaotic on the Road

What a week it was in Penticton! It was such an inspiring time having the chance to meet so many talented felt artists and see such amazing work, both in the gallery of professional works and in the wonderful pieces coming out of the many workshops.

felted fashion by Fiona Duthie at felt feutre canada Penticton

It’s possible that the next felt::feutre will again be held in Penticton in two years, but wherever it happens it will definitely be worth being involved! Kudos to Fiona Duthie, the coordinators and volunteers who made this such a successful event.

Our thanks to the many felting workshop participants and instructors who made us feel so welcome and appreciated. Business was brisk, but we had many opportunities to chat with visiting felters from all over Canada and abroad. Sharon had a chance to study many inspiring pieces, including fabulous jackets and scarves by Jean Gauger. She even managed to make a purchase and is now the proud owner of one of Jean’s exceptional scarves!

fishing fly with Chaotic Fibre angelina fibre by Richard WilbyWhile at felt::feutre, we discovered an innovative and another perfect use for Chaotic Fibres’ Angelina. Richard Wilby is an avid fly fisherman, owner of Forged Fly Fishing. He makes his own fishing flies, and he gave us two flies to show his use of the Angelina to create sparkle and attract fish.

The Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival is next on our list! This popular island event happens on Saturday, October 15th at the Cobble Hill Hall from 10am until 4pm. Come and see lots of local fibre and great products.

Sharon’s been busy ordering to restock and to add a few new items. New Felting Ball Brausers in 6 colours will be here soon after selling more than three dozen in Penticton! More of the Cape Merino that was so popular with felters at felt::feutre, needle felting pads – including some half-sized at 10cm by 15cm and 4 cm thick, some of the Merino/Tussah /Flax that created quite a buzz in Penticton – a similar buzz to the ultrasoft Merino/Alpaca/Camel/Silk that caught many an eye.

We’re also restocking prefelt, with 10 colours of Superlight Merino and more of the beautifully soft Merino/Silk 80 – 20 prefelt in Natural White and Storm. And more: Icelandic Top, Wool Nepps, the popular 19m Extra Fine Merino in a few new colours. We hope we will have some of these in time for Cowichan Fleece and Fibre! As always, if you want us to have anything specific on hand for the 15th, just email or call us. Hope to see you there.

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Chaotic Fibres heading for Penticton

Woe are we! Trying to fit as much fibre into a small van as possible for felt::feutre! We leave Victoria early on Monday for the drive to Penticton and will be ready to set up first thing Tuesday morning at the Shatford Centre. Wish we could take two vans or a small train!

We’ve received masses of new stock and it’s ready to offer up to the felters participating in the symposium workshops and to those who drop by just to see the vendors’ marketplace. For felting fibres, we’ve all sorts of wool, wool blends, silk fibres and others. We have lots of  felting ball brausers for wet felting  and needles for needle felters.

cotswold fleece for get feutre from Chaotic FibresWe will certainly have Merino, Bergschaf, Maori, Gotland, some great, local Cotswold, Polwarth, Corriedale and Finnish. If we can do it, we’ll also have as many of these as possible: Falkland, Icelandic, Norwegian, Jacob, Shetland, South American, Welsh, Teeswater and Wensleydale. This will be a great opportunity for felters to find new fibre to experiment with on their next projects!

Chaotic’s Online Store will be closed for the week we’ll be away. We do not want our customers to be disappointed by having to wait until our return or, even worse, until we order replacement stock after our return. But, we will have access to email if you have questions or want to place an order that we complete upon our return.

Can’t make it to Penticton? Our next fibre event will be the Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival in Cobble Hill on Saturday, October 15th. And, locals are always welcome to email or call us to make an appointment to visit our home studio. Hope to see you soon!

 

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Chaotic Fibres featuring Extra Fine Merino Minis at felt::feutre

Do you have a felting project in mind but need a bit of colour? Our Extra Fine Merino Minis are perfect for needle and wet felters wanting deliciously soft fibre and a wide colour range to increase their stash. Each mini is a small, 20g nugget for only $2.25. The colours are also available in 100g for $10.00 each. Our Extra Fine Merino colours are pure and stable so felting projects come alive with this exceptional fibre.

DHG extra fine merino for felting from Chaotic Fibres Extra Fine Merino is spectacular! We currently stock 30 colours, ranging from sultry and mysterious Fog to the uplifting and lively Caipirinha. This fibre is rated as 19 microns so it’s as soft and silky as fresh warm custard – almost edible too! To compare, coarse wool from Devon and Massam rate as 40 – 60m and 38 – 44m respectively while the popular Corriedale rates as 25 – 31m so you can see why this Merino is described as extra fine!

Our Italian supplier has an international reputation for its sensitive stewardship and sustainable environmental practices in the dyeing and other production work it completes. Fibre industries go back a long way, over 600 years, in this small Italian city, and our supplier’s family fibre business does as well. They know what they’re doing: they’re currently dyeing about 12 billion kilograms of fibre each year. Yes, we have confidence!

We created these Merino Minis especially with Felt::Feutre in mind, as we will be featured as one of four anchor vendors at this international felting symposium in a couple of weeks. If you’re in the Penticton area, come and see us any day at the Okanagan School of the Arts from Tuesday, the 20th until late Sunday, the 25th. Our sales venue will be open in Room 205 in the Shatford Centre from 8:00am until 6pm.

 

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Felt::Feutre Canada 2016

This week-long international felting symposium is coming to the Shatford Centre in Penticton, September 20th to 25th and there will be many opportunities for you and your felting friends to be inspired and become involved. Yes, Chaotic Fibres will be there for all six days as one of the four anchor vendors. Come and join the fun!

There’s still limited space available for felting workshops lead by renowned artists including Fiona Duthie from BC’s Salt Spring Island, Maria Friese from France, Charlotte Sehmisch from Germany as well as Katarina Mokeyeva, Melissa Arnold and Jean Gauger from the US. Learn how to make a fine cape, wrap or other garment; combine felt with paper and ink; create poetic felted sculptures or amazing artistic pieces for wall display.

felt feutre 2016 felting symposium Penticton BCLooking for ideas? Find inspiration at “Migration” an exhibition of Canadian contemporary felt fashion featuring the work of supremely talented designers and artists. Find stimulating talks by Felt::Feutre artists, exhibitions, the vendors marketplace, wine, food and more.

Come and see Chaotic Fibres in Room 205 Tuesday through Sunday. We’re stocking up now and will surely have an exceptional stash of fibres to help you move from vision to reality!

If you are not able to join us at Felt::Feutre, have a look at Chaotic Fibres’ website and Online Store at www.ChaoticFibres.com!

 

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Chaotic Fibres at Fibrations this weekend!

Doing some final prep and product selection for this Sunday’s Fibrations event at Robert Porter Park behind Sir James Douglas School in Victoria’s fabulous Fairfield neighbourhood.

As has become the case, we have way too many fibres and products to be able to bring everything, but we hope to cover what local felters, spinners and other fibre lovers are expecting. We’ve had some special requests and a few orders are ready for customers to pick up at the fibre festival. Let us know if you’d like to see something special and we’ll set it aside for you. With Felt::Feutre2016 coming up in 4 weeks, we’ve some really neat, new fibres that we can show off this weekend.

Chaotic Fibres online specialty fibres, Victoria BCDon’t forget to get your tickets for the door prizes! Sharon has just carded these beauties – seven raging batts each with a blend of at least five luxury fibres, including merino, silk, ramie, alpaca and more!

Here’s a heads up of just a few products we’ll be taking to Fibrations. Let us know if you’d like something special or order ahead and we’ll have it ready for you on Sunday!

All things felting: prefelt in many colours, ball browsers (bonsai sprayers), felting pads for needle felters, acid dyes in brown, grey and violet, bamboo felting mats, needles. We’ve set aside loads of silk: cocoons, lap, sliver, pulled sari, mulberry and tussah. We’ll bring small quantities of wool roving from 22 breeds such as Merino, Corriedale, Polwarth, BFL. Lots more here if you want larger quantities!

Look for some specialty fibres like angelina (8 colours!), yak, mohair, baby alpaca, hemp, ramie, camel, as well as blends like our camel and tussah silk (yum!!), merino/suri alpaca. Have you tried bamboo? We now have 9 colours including the stunning Black Diamond.

The weather looks like it will be perfect for an outdoor event on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

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Chaotic Fibres, Victoria new products

Just over three weeks to Fibrations and we’re excited! This will be our second year with this iconic outdoor fibre event here in Victoria. Set your calendar for Sunday, August 21st and head to Robert Porter Park just off Moss Street – the same location as last year near the Fairfield Gonzales Community Place. This is a one day event so don’t miss out.

Sharon has been busy ordering from our amazing suppliers in Europe and Asia for both Fibrations and for the five day international felting symposium, Felt::Feutre 2016, which comes up in September. Recent shipments have totalled over 120 kilos of spectacular product and it’s all online and ready for sale now. Have a look!

IMG_1115With lots of new products included in recent shipments, it’s hard to pick out the favourites or most interesting. We hope felters will go wild over our Extra Fine Merino minis. We now have over 20 colours available in ‘mini’ size of 20 grams as well as the typical 100 gram packs for those looking for larger quantities. The minis are perfect for felters looking to increase their stash to more easily create lovely nuanced colours in projects. Look for these on our Felting Supplies page.

New and glorious fibres: White Baby Alpaca that’s as soft as cashmere, Baby Camel/Bleached Tussah Silk, some Merino/Alpaca/Camel/Silk and lovely BFL/Seacell, Hemp and lots more! Check out our New Arrivals page for these products and other recent shipments.

Speaking of Seacell and Hemp. We are often asked about fibres like these as well as Rose Bush Fibre, Ramie and Bamboo. What exactly are they and where do these fibres come from? Seacell is an interesting one. Seaweed is involved but only as a smallish component of this cellulose fibre. Seacell is a cellulose fibre that begins with hardwood logs chipped and processed to soften to a wet pulp and remove lignins, which give wood strength and rigidity. Seaweed is added and the cellulose solution is pumped through spinnerets to create the fibre we find as Seacell.

What else is new? We now have Eurolana acid dyes for wool, silk and other protein fibres. The dyes are available in three colours: Violet, Brown and Grey. Each 10g pot of luscious colour will dye 1 kg of fibre!

Manx Loaghtan wool from Chaotic Fibres online storeA new wool to us is the Manx Loaghtan which we offer in roving. This dramatic looking, multi-horned sheep is native to the Isle of Man. The wool (29 – 31 microns) is an excellent fibre for felting and spinning. It’s good to see this rare breed gaining popularity as there were only approximately 40 animals in existence when the Manx National Heritage group became involved in protecting the breed.

Come and see us at Fibrations or make the trek to Penticton for Felt::Feutre to see the felting exhibition ‘Migration’, shop at the fabulous felting supplies marketplace or take advantage of one of the popular feltmaking workshops.

 

 

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Chaotic Fibres off to felt::feutre!

Holy yak fibre! Chaotic Fibres has been selected as one of the feature vendors for felt::feutre 2016 in Penticton this September. We are delighted with the accolades we’ve been given in a recent news post on the felt::feutre website.

felt-feutre felting workshops, Maria FrieseThe September 21 – 25th international felting symposium offers access to some of the world’s most influential artists using felt as their medium, including Fiona Duthie from Salt Spring Island, Maria Friese from France, Charlotte Sehmisch from Germany as well as Melissa Arnold, Jean Gauger and Katia Mokeyeva from the USA. These renowned artists will be presenting workshops to cover many areas of felting, including surface design, nuno felting, shibori, garment construction, sculptural forms and dyeing.

Felt::Feutre’s symposiums in previous years have shattered expectations with their exhibitions of bold, dramatic pieces that challenge the boundaries of creating with felt. This year’s juried exhibition is titled “Migration” and will feature some of the best and most exciting work by Canadian fibre artists and fashion designers. We’re excited about having a chance to see this!

As one of the feature vendors for felt::feutre’s five day event, we have planned carefully, restocking the many favourite fibres our felters have always enjoyed, plus bringing in new products to test their imaginations and entice their sense of play. For locals who can’t make the trek to Penticton, we’ll have some sneak previews of our new products at Fibrations on August 21st

 

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100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Coming Up!

Set your calendar for Sunday, May 29th!

The annual 100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Fair at the Bradley Centre in Coombs is one of Vancouver Island’s great fibre events, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Yes, Chaotic Fibres will be there and we’re stocked up with all kinds of wool, silk and other goodies for local spinners, felters and other fibre lovers.

Join the spinning circle and see the 4-H demonstrations and browse the product offerings of the many vendors. Stay for lunch at the local food truck. It will be parked by the entrance to the Board Room. Or, take a break and wander a little further west to the Coombs Country Market for an ice cream fix. The weather looks like it will be warm and dry so a perfect day for a short road trip and some fibre inspiration.

We’ve already had requests for our popular Sari Silk Sliver so that’s ready to roll. We’ll also make sure we have some Tussah Silk, specialty fibres like Yak, Mohair and some great Merino products such as Merino/Suri Alpaca, beautifully coloured Merino Striped 19 micron, Merino/Trilobal plus more. We have so much more we’d like to bring so, if you have your eye on something special, email us and we’ll bring it along!

We hope to see you in Coombs!

 

A final note: This event is organized by the Bradley Spinners and they put out a last minute call for volunteers to help with the event. If you can help, email Judith at jclotus@shaw.ca or call her at 250 586 5489 for more details.

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Yakkity Yak … Chaotic Fibres goes nomadic

What’s new and exciting? The world of fibre is unfolding like a rare, beautiful flower, opening slowly with the world waiting breathlessly to create magical gardens.

Yak fibre for spinning and felting from Chaotic Fibres, Victoria, BC, CanadaWhat’s old is new again. Yak has become popular – easy to understand when you feel this soft (15 to 19 micron) and amazing fibre. So many great characteristics: warmer than wool and as soft as cashmere; odourless; non-allergenic and anti-microbial so bacteria from sweat doesn’t hold on and grow in the fibre; and it’s a sustainable, ethical product that supports the traditional nomadic way of life of Mongolian herders that has a history of over a thousand years!

Two great YouTube videos highlight the reasons for supporting the yak fibre industry: Kate Humble’s  wonderful 2015 documentary on her experiences living with a family of Mongolian nomadic herders and Nancy Johnston’s short video, Tengri, that raises the alarm about threats to nomadic lifestyles. Kate Humble has three documentary programs on living with nomadic families, the Mongolian segment with sheep and goat herders, another on Siberian nomads and a third on Nepali herdersRamie, a bast fibre for spinning available for sale from Chaotic Fibres online store.

Chaotic Fibre’s shipment of Ramie fibre is now in and the new stock has been loaded on our Online Store. This is a bast fibre created from the stalks of plants, giving it the texture, lustre and working characteristics similar to Bamboo and Rose Bush fibre. Like Yak, this fibre has been valued and used for centuries. Archaeologists have discovered Ramie fabric on 6000 year old Egyptian mummies.

We have ten striking colours in stock, including the vibrant Caipirinha and the regal Theatre. Lovely! If you’re aiming for a special colour, we also have White so you can dye to your heart’s content.

Although it has not been used by exotic, traditional cultures for thousands of years like Yak and Ramie, Maori wool is a great choice for feltmaking. Maori is a combination of Coopworth and Corriedale. The fibres are strong (27 microns) and short (about 5cm) so this wool works well for both wet and needle felting. We currently have 15 colours in stock. Have a look!

 

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