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100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Festival in Coombs Fibre festival on Vancouver Island Fleece and Fibre Festival New fibres for felting and spinning News from Chaotic Fibres, Victoria, BC Online wool store, Victoria BC

Chaotic Fibres news for fibre lovers

Our Online Store is open again after our exciting trip through Asia to the Mediterranean and on to England – visiting 23 cities in 16 countries! It was a fabulous trip that took us to so many regions and cities that were new to us, with great highlights like seeing Petra in Jordan, spending time in Singapore and Shanghai, transiting the security vigilant Suez Canal and much more.

Now it’s time to restock, so Sharon has ordered all kinds of fibre – needles and pads for wet felting, ball brausers, Sari Silk Waste, Silk Hankies, prefelt, seven new custom blends created especially for Chaotic, twenty-seven colours of Viscose Top and more. Watch Chaotic Fibre’s online store as we highlight the new fibres, blends and tools from this order.

Our next fibre event: 100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Fair in Coombs on May 26th. This annual event is organized by the Bradley Spinners as a way of helping suppliers and local farmers connect to fibre artists from across Vancouver Island. This will be our fourth year being involved in this event and we always have a terrific day. Come for the fibre and stay for the connections and inspiration!

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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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felt-feutre Felting Symposium, Penticton BC News from Chaotic Fibres, Victoria, BC

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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Starting 2015 with my favourite fibre!

Our best wishes to you and your loved ones for 2015!

Have I said I love working with Pulled Sari Silk?! It truly is my favourite fibre for spinning and felting at the moment. Our shipment from Europe the other day included more fabulous colours so we can now offer 21 terrific selections from Maize to Jasper and a luscious Azalea. Trust me … try carding some Pulled Sari Silk with Merino or any other fibre.

The other day, I carded some black Alpaca and white Cotswold to make a streaky grey then carded in some of our Hot Pink Pulled Sari Silk as a vibrant highlight. Here’s a photo of the hand spun yarn I made from the carding.

Pulled sari silk in yarn and felting
Pulled Sari Silk in hand spun with black Alpaca and white Cotswold.

The Pulled Sari Silk gives a nice visual punch when even a small amount is used in this way. It can also be spun on its own for a rustic but amazingly ‘silky’ yarn. Felters will love playing with this fibre in wet, needle and Nuno felting or as spectacular embellishments for other projects. It’s the shimmering qualities of silk and the softness of the fibre that creates magic. The shimmering effect is unique to silk and is due to the prism-like structure of the fibre which bounces back refracted colours with some variation to add to the luxurious appearance.