I would like to tell you more about a book I bought recently. It’s called Fabric for Fashion, A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Fibres.
Before it arrived I expected a book on different types of fabrics used for garment making, but as you can see from the content bellow it really is more about natural fibres from which fabrics are made. The core of the book deals with five main groups of fibres: wool, animal fibres, silk, linen and cotton. Each chapter explains origin of the fibre, it’s source, use, usefull terminology as well as pictures of finished clothes. If you do any fibre related work, some of the content will be familiar to you already.
I found the last chapter ‘Sustainable plant fibres’ very interesting. Although I have worked with bamboo, soy, tencell or viscose, there is information on other fibres from plants, such as corn, jute, hemp or less known nettle, kenaf, pina, raffia and abaca. Each fibre is considered from an ecological point too, explaining also what is “green chemistry” – ecological way of obtaining and processing fibres for fabrics.
I have always loved fabrics. I find fabrics from natural fibres very luxurious. I see felt as one type of fabric and after three years of felting I think that’s what atracts me to this craft – the fact that I can decide on many properties of the felt cloth and make a garment at the same time. And often without any waste! Especially with nunofelt, very well fitted items can be made with zero fibre/fabric left to be reused/recycled/wasted. So with this in mind I have bought another book I would like to tell you about in my next post.