How to use viscose roving for felting

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Advantages of using viscose in felting

With many visual characteristics of silk, the lack of static makes it easier to work with and can be substituted for silk tops.  Relatively inexpensive, a little goes a long way adding lustre and strength to felting projects. Making felt more elastic, its use enhances the drape of thin layouts. As well as additional comfort and softness,  using viscose deters pilling. Derived from regenerated wood-pulp,  it is  vegan & eco-friendly. It can be dyed with dyes suited to cellulose fibre such as fibre reactive dyes.

Using viscose for felting and more

Use clouds, strands or shingles for decorating and reinforcing when using viscose for felting. Use a little or a lot (up to 70%!) for different effects, especially on pre-felts. Mix different colours together in your hands or with hand carders to achieve a wide range of colour variations. For greater effect, use viscose colours that contrast with the wool. Mix with wool rovings or try our exclusive Uniblends – coloured blends of viscose and merino wool rovings.

Make viscose sheets using soap, starch solution or wall paper paste when making faux ‘silk‘ paper for felting. Torn or cut pieces or whole sheets can be added to wool or pre-felt layouts. Using the textile medium or PVA glue method will give a firmer result more suited to embellishing other textiles and making bags or vessels. Anything you can do with silk roving, you can do with viscose roving with no static and at a fraction of the cost!

Viscose fibre is a wonderful fibre to incorporate into:

  • Felting – wet felting, nuno felting, needle felting
  • Spinning and weaving
  • Paper making – added to other cellulose fibre or used alone to make fibre sheets
  • Doll making – for wigging and making curls
  • Mixed media and textile art surface design; layering, couching

Viscose Roving – Creative felting techniques

Stunning effects can be achieved with our viscose roving:

  • Marbled & Impressionist effects
  • Openwork and Windows
  • Viscose paper applique
  • Graphic images
  • Faux fur
  • Blending viscose

With explanatory subtitles, these techniques are beautifully illustrated below in videos by Katerina Korshun, a textile artist from Prague.

See the DHG blog  for more tips on using viscose.