What is Viscose Fibre?
Viscose is a plant (cellulose) fibre extruded from a viscous solution of regenerated wood pulp. It is sometimes referred to as artificial silk or wood silk. Production and dyeing techniques vary in different countries so not all viscose has the same properties and may vary in micron and lustre. Viscose fibres have no scales, so they will not felt on their own.
At 19-20 micron, our viscose roving is especially compatible with extra fine 19 micron merino for decorative use. The staple length is a minimum of 65mm and the roving weighs approximately 25gm / metre. We stock the whole range of Italian DHG viscose which carries the GOTS certification, so it is organic. It is also safe for use for babies and children as dyeing is done in-house to Oeko-tex specifications. Combing of the fibre into roving is done after dyeing, so the fibre is much softer and easier to use than some other viscose brands.
Benefits of Viscose
- No static when drafting the fibre
- Reinforces very thin wool layouts and improves drapeability
- Helps reduce pilling when added to the surface of felt
- Adds lustre and sheen
- A little goes a long way
- Easy to dye with dyes suited to cellulose fibres e.g. Fibre Reactive dyes
- Soft and comfortable against the skin
- Highly absorbent
- Substitute for silk roving / tops
- Vegan and eco friendly
How to use viscose roving
Viscose fibre is a wonderful fibre to incorporate into:
- Felting – wet felting, nuno felting, needle felting
- Spinning and weaving
- Paper making – added to other fibre or used alone to make fibre sheets
- Doll making – for wigging and making curls
- Mixed media and textile art surface design