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  • Pearl fiber for handspinning.

    I'm a hand spinner and hand weaver. I just came across pearl fiber. It's a type of rayon where I suppose pearl nacre has been included in the rayon. I had to order 4 oz and try spinning it. It just arrived. I haven't tried spinning it yet, but I'll keep you posted.
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  • #2
    I can’t wait to see what you make with it!

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    • #3
      Definitely fascinating, BWeaves!
      Pattye


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      • #4
        Oh, myyyyy. I can’t wait to see how it turns out, BWeaves!

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        • #5
          Intriguing! It looks like it has a nice pearly sheen. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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          • #6
            Wow, I would love to see a picture...

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            • #7
              Pearl fiber silk! I had never heard of such a thing!
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              • #8
                Very cool. I tried spinning ones, with one of those hand held spinning thinghys, and wool. It was fun. I wasn't all that great at it, uneven yarn. I don't have that thinghy anymore. The reason that I didn't continue was that the sheep wool was so very itchy. I have super sensitive skin cannot ever wear normal wool. But I would love trying to spin cashmere perhaps. Linen is traditionell on sweden, next to wool that is. Most people use to grow linen before the arrival of cotton fabric. Lots of work with linen though.

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                • #9
                  There's wool and then there's wool. I only spin merino, cashmere, yak, mixed with silk. Heaven next to the skin. I also like Blue Faced Leicester and Polwarth. All these are next to skin soft. Other types of sheep like Gotland are just too prickly. Sorry, but I'm not a fan of Swedish sheep breeds because the wool is so prickly. I'm not a big rayon fan, so I'm curious how the pearl fiber spins up, since I suspect it's a type of rayon with pearl nacre ground up and dissolved in the liquid that is extruded as rayon. The unspun fiber is VERY soft.

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                  • #10
                    Yep those swedish sheep does produce very scratch wool.
                    I am also curious about that pearl rayon. Especially if it's soft.

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                    • #11
                      I look forward to your report, BWeaves! Looks like something I'd like to knit lace with, but my attempts at drop spindles were dismal, and I don't have a spinning wheel
                      Cathy

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                      • #12
                        How’s it going? Have you had the time to spin yet?

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                        • #13
                          No, I haven't tried spinning it yet. I'm in the middle of another spinning project, and a couple of Japanese braiding projects. I'll try to do it next, but it might be a month or so before that happens. I promise to update this thread with pictures once I start.

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                          • #14
                            You’re amazing, thanks!

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                            • #15
                              Oh dear, I love how it looks in the picture - so pure and innocent! Wonder how it touches besides of the softness... Also, can it be washed? If the nacre powder will stay on the fiber during washing, then it's probably well-protected. So will the nacre powder also survive from sweat and perfume etc.? If yes that would be wonderful. This looks so COOOL and innovative and fascinating !! Nice find BWeaves ! Looking forward to your update!

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