Fibres in Hand Woven Textiles

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The quality of fibres is a very important element to Feather & Hay’s process. I find natural, eco friendly fibres create long lasting textiles that look and feel beautiful. I often hand weave vegan options and am transparent about the fibres and processes that go into making your hand woven pieces.

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The types of fibres

Animal

When it comes to choosing a wool or hair there are many options I aim to buy yarns that are soft to touch and kind against the skin as well as cruelty free. I am always on the search for local yarns and buy from the UK. This will mean that some fibres orginate from the UK others may be spun and/or dyed here after being sourced elsewhere.

Plant

There are lots of exciting blends made from plant fibres. Feather & Hay uses traditional fibres such as Linen but is venturing into new cellulose based fibre yarns such as Rose & Tencel.

Sheen

There are fibre choices such as Silk & Tencel that will give a textile sheen. Feather & Hay often uses fibres like this in the weft and sometimes the warp. There are many silk blends that give the benefits of sheen with other qualities such as strength or drape.

Sustainable

Feather & Hay considers the impact of fibres on the environment. When choosing quality yarns Feather & Hay looks for the sustainable choice. This is becoming easier to do with the introduction of cellulose blends (see above) and customers will see more and more sustainable textiles emerge in future.

Animal Examples

  • Merino wool
  • Lambswool & Cashmere
  • Wensleydale wool
  • Camel
  • Alpaca

Plant Examples

  • Linen
  • Cotton
  • Cotton & Nettle
  • Cotton & Hemp
  • Cotton & Linen
  • Pineapple
  • Rose

Sheen Examples

  • Tencel
  • Banana Silk
  • Mulberry Silk
  • Tussah Silk
  • Bamboo

Sustainable Examples

  • Tencel
  • Pineapple
  • Hemp
  • Nettle
  • Banana Silk

Fibre Price Groups

Fibre Group A

  • Mulberry Silk
  • Rose Viscose & Silk
  • Mulberry Silk & Royal Alpaca
  • Rose Viscose
  • Baby Camel & Mulberry Silk

Fibre Group B

  • Extra fine Lambswool & Cashmere
  • Merino wool & Tussah Silk
  • Linen
  • Silk & Nettle
  • Pineapple & Cotton

Fibre Group C

  • Bourette Silk
  • Tencel
  • Cotton & Hemp
  • Banana Silk
  • a range of Cottons


Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, if there is a particular fibre option or blend you are after get in touch!

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