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
When it comes to choosing a wool or hair there are many options such as Merino, Cashmere, Baby Alpaca, Camel, Fine Lambswool and more. 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.
There are lots of exciting blends made from plant fibres. Feather & Hay uses traditional yarns such as Cotton and Linen but is venturing into new cellulose based fibre yarns such as Rose, Tencel, Nettle, Banana and Pineapple.
There are fibre choices such as Silk, Tencel and Bamboo 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.
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.
Feather & Hay can discuss ideas and options if you are considering commissioning a hand woven textile.