What is Viscose Fibre?
Viscose is a plant (cellulose) fibre extruded from a viscous solution of regenerated wood pulp. Sometimes referred to as artificial silk or wood silk, a man made natural fibre – not synthetic. Production and dyeing techniques vary in different countries so not all viscose has the same properties and may vary in micron and lustre. Having no scales , barbs or notches means the viscose fibres or rovings will not felt on their own. Viscose fibre felts and spins beautifully when combined with wool fibre.
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 DHG viscose which carries the GOTS certification, so it is complies with Global Organic Textile Standards. Safe for use for babies and children as in-house dyeing complies with Oeko-tex specifications. After dyeing, combing of the fibre produces a much softer and easier to use fibre than some other viscose brands.
- No static when drafting the fibre
- Reinforces very thin wool layouts
- Makes felt more elastic, impoving drapeability
- Helps reduce pilling when added to the surface of felt
- Adds lustre and sheen to felt
- A little goes a long way
- Can be dyed 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