We are thrilled about the new luxury blends that we received this morning from Germany. They’re fabulous! Sharon has just loaded and enabled the new fibre on our Online Store so have a look at these nine luxury blends on our New Arrivals page. We love the brilliance of the Merino, Mulberry Silk, Bamboo and Sari Silk blend! It’s a super soft and spectacular colouring for $13.50 per 100 grams. Check out our online store for these other luxury blends that just arrived: Merino, Alpaca, Camel and Silk; BFL and Seacell; Baby Camel and Bleached Tussah Silk plus more. Our next shipment is coming from Italy and we are expecting over 40 colours of 19m Merino as part of that shipment. It should be arriving in the next few days so stay tuned!
We have some exciting new stock arriving in the next few days from Italy and England – just as we promised!
Yes, our summer sale really cleared us out so the restocking was absolutely necessary. Sharon loved choosing new blends like Merino/Tussah Silk, Alpaca/Tussah or the unique Merino/Alpaca/Camel/Mulberry Silk, all of which plus more you’ll see listed as Wool Blends and Luxury Blends on our online store. Simply click the Shop Online button and enjoy the colours! Our ever popular 19m Merino will be arriving in over 40 colours, and you’ll also see some new choices like Atmosphere and Shocking as well as the always popular range of Merinos for your spinning and felting projects.
You will see Sold Out/Coming Soon tags on the newly ordered stock on our store page until the stock has arrived. We had to be positive that your order could be swiftly and efficiently filled once you complete your purchase. Thank you for your patience!
You will notice that the look of our website has changed, hopefully for the better. We are still working out the kinks and updating information so it will continue to evolve as we finish this project.
We wish you good health and calm, easy days as we move cautiously through the Covid summer of 2020!
Check out our three-day sale and save 25% on online orders this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (June 13, 14 and 15th) for these sale items:
Angelina; Fancy Silk Threads/Ribbon; Netting; Sari Silk – Sliver; Silk Chiffon Fabric; Silk Habotai Fabric; Silk Waste; Vintage Saris; Viscose Fabric; Viscose Top.
Save 25% when you add the Coupon Code ‘THREE’ on your Shopping Cart’s Checkout page. You must add this coupon code to your order page to save the 25%. Our retirement sales will continue as we clear existing inventory and pave the way for retirement! Please note: discounts cannot be given after an online order has been completed.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season! The recent snow and cold here on Vancouver Island reminds us of our years living in climates where a real Canadian winter brought days of crystal gleaming snow before slush and banks of melting ice relieved us of our winter reveries. In the meantime, it feels more like Christmas with snow around us. We hope you have a memorable time over the busy weeks ahead!
Our second annual studio sale on November 19th and 20th was a great success. Thank you to all who ventured to our home studio for this event. This year’s door prize was won by JoAnne L. Have fun with that eclectic collection of fibres, JoAnne!
It’s time to stock up again and we are waiting for a few new items that are already sparking some interest with Chaotic customers. Have you tried using Silk Hankies? The patience required for creating these 25cm square bits of silk splendor is amazing. Silk cocoons are carefully soaked and spread on a frame then dried to become a sheet of gossamer thin silk that is ready for spinning, felting or knitting. Acid dyes take nicely if you dye them yourself, but we are about to receive seven colours, including black, for those of you who prefer to have hankies already dyed.
Also coming to our Online Store soon is luxurious Cashmere Top in both Natural Grey and Natural White. Our superfine Cashmere (13 micron) is perfect for spinning and felting. Blend it with some silk and fine merino and watch this low lustre beauty add exceptional character to your work!
Speaking of soft, another new fibre coming is viscose. We’ll be offering both Viscose Fibre, in both white and black for spinners and felters, and Viscose Crepe Voile, a 140cm wide fabric for felters. Produced from wood fibre, viscose was seen as a replacement for silk when it was first developed 100 years ago. It’s a strong but soft and light fibre.
Our next fibre event is set for Saturday, February 18th here in Victoria. This one day event, Spin In, is sponsored by the Victoria Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild (VHWSG) and will take place at the Saanich Fairgrounds. This will be our third time attending and, as in previous years, the vendors’ area is open to the public and separate from the spinning rooms. Come and see us!
We are also scheduled for Fibres West in Cloverdale on Friday, March 17th and Saturday the 18th, once again, this time with a double booth. If you’ve never attended this event, have a look at the list of classes, instructors and lectures and consider making this a highlight of your year!
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!
With 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!
A 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.
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.
What’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 herders.
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!
So often we hear people marvel at the range of fabulous materials available to enhance felting, spinning or other fibre creations. Silk takes on many wonderful forms as it moves from cocoon to innovative silk products, and it has spectacular potential for enhancing projects.
Silk hankies to textural silk noil, luscious silk string and the amazing silk carrier rods found at the end of production. Billowy pulled sari silk too, which has long been Sharon’s favourite fibre! All have special places for making felt, spun yarn, jewelry and even quilting very special.
We have collected some of these treasures in our Silk Experience Kits for our customers who love discovering new ways of creating beautiful pieces with unique qualities. Each kit includes some cocoons, hankies, noil, strings, carrier rods and pulled sari silk. Designed to experience silk and test out new materials, the kits are exceptional value at $9.75. Get one while they last!