This fibre is made from the stalks of the Abaca plant, which is a non-fruit bearing member of the banana family.
This amazing fibre has the capacity to absorb and remove moisture from the wearer's skin.
It is lovely and soft to touch and is a valid alternative to silk.
As it is cellulose based, it will need to be dyed using dyes suitable for cellulose fibres.
NB. This cannot be dyed using acid dyes.
We always try to source the best wool possible to use when hand dyeing our products.
Our Strong Australian Merino Cross is sourced from NSW and our Fine Australian Merino is sourced from Italy.
These are hand dyed by us using Australian dyes.
They are not one solid colour, but a variety of shades as is characteristic of hand dyeing.
We recommend our Fine Merino for wet felting and spinning garments worn next to the skin. Their fine fibres make the finished product beautiful and soft.
For example: jewellery, singlets, cosy scarves etc.
We recommend our Strong Merino Cross for needle felting and Spinning outer wear garments. Their more course fibres make the finished product strong and hard wearing.
For example: needle felted creatures, hats, bags, play mats etc.