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Fiber Information

Tencel®

Lyocell is the generic name for this exciting fiber.

Lyocell is a man-made cellulosic fiber derived from wood pulp. The pulp used for Tencel is harvested from managed forests, and the fiber is produced via an advanced closed-loop solvent spinning process, with minimal environmental impact.

Tencel dyes beautifully with fiber reactive dyes. For our Tencel fibers blended with wool, you may use a cold-batch process (as for other cellulose fibers) or follow manufacturer's instructions for fiber reactive dyes on wool. For a marvelous, shimmery heathered effect, try acid dyes on these blended fibers. The colors glow!

Now available: 70% Merino Wool and 30% Tencel top in eight shimmering colors: Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Black, Peacock, Blueberry, Honey and Blue. Of course, we still offer the 50/50 Merino/Tencel top and the 100% Tencel top, both in natural.

 


NEW! 55% Superwash Merino and 45% Tencel top in three colors: Pink, Blue and Tan.

 

Angelina® Fiber

Angelina Fiber is a new, very fine (sized as small as 10 denier), unique fiber. Light reflective, as well as light refractive, Angelina is incredibly luminescent, while (unlike regular metallics) it has an extremely soft hand. Blended with other fibers in amounts as small as 2%, it gives sparkle and highlight to your yarn.

Angelina comes in four classifications - Iridescent, Holographic, Metalized and Electric. In naturally occuring mother of pearl, opals and peacock feathers, reflected rays interact to reinforce some wavelengths and dampen others. This breaks up the white light, so various colors reflect to the viewer. This same concept is used in the manufacture of the Iridescent Angelina fiber. The Holographic Angelina has ultra high-tech color refractive sparks, while the metalized fiber gives soft metallic highlights. The Electric Angelina has soft reflection and solid electric colors.

Imagine diamond-like dew drops on a spider's web and the iridescence of butterfly wings!
 
For a fabulous example of what can be done with heat-bondable Angelina, see Penny Muncaster-Jewell's work

The following colors of Iridescent Angelina fiber can be heat-bonded: Butterfly Blue, Desert Sunset, Enchanted Forest, Lemon Sparkle, Mint Sparkle, Opal Sparkle, Peacock Green, Purple, Raspberry Sparkle, Gold Iris Mix, Watermelon Fluorescent, Citronella Fluorescent, Key Lime Fluorescent, Cotton Candy Fluorescent, Calypso Blue Fluorescent, and Sugar Plum Fluorescent. In addition, the four Crystal colors come in Heat-Bondable and non-Heat-Bondable forms, specify when ordering.

The instructions for heat bonding are as follows: The temperature required is dependent on several variables including dwell time and applied pressure. Increasing dwell time and heat results in predictable color shifts in the fiber. Approximate bonding temperature is around 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Since temperature gauges on irons vary widely even within most brand models, it is best to test a small amount to determine your correct bonding temperature.

Simply place a small amount of fiber between two sheets of tissue paper. Heat iron to silk temperature setting. Gently, with little pressure, move the iron back and forth, checking frequently on the bonding progress. Be careful not to "fry" the Angelina fiber with too much heat or pressure and a too long dwell time.

Generally, Angelina heat bondable fiber will only adhere to itself and not to other fibers, tissue paper or fabrics.
 
NEW! Textura Trading is now packaging the flat film from which Angelina has been cut, expected to be available in all 19 heat-bondable colors by Sept 1, 2006. Small quantities may be available before that date, contact us.

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