Fibres are natural or synthetic filaments that can be spun into yarn. Wool, flax and cotton are examples of natural fibres and nylon and polyester of synthetic fibres.
The Wild Fibres website is about natural fibres from animals and plants and their use for weaving, spinning and dyeing. It covers wool and hair from sheep and other fibre animals, such as alpaca, cashmere, mohair and angora rabbits, silk from insects (silkworms), and plant fibres such as cotton, flax and linen, nettle fibre and hemp fibre, amongst others.
Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and Re-enactors:
If you are spinning or dyeing with natural dyes, you will want to use your dyes on natural fibers and textiles. You are in the right place to learn about them. For re-enactors looking to re-create authentic period costume for Anglo-Saxon, Viking, medieval or Elizabethan re-enactment, you will need to use natural fibres that are authentic to the period and to dye them with the right natural dyes. We aim to cover both the traditional and modern uses of natural fibres for textiles and clothing, and through our related site - Wild Colours - the use of natural dyes and the practice of dyeing.
The left-side menu takes you to 3 main summary pages covering animal fibres (including wool), silk and silkworms, and plant fibres. Clicking on each of these menu buttons opens up further menu options to subsidiary pages. If there is something else you would like to see or you did not find the detail you expected to see, please let us know via the Contact page. Feedback is welcome!
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