Tyrian purple, or Royal purple, is a dye from the murex shellfish. It was first produced in the Bronze Age by the Phoenician city of Tyre. According to Phoenician mythology, the pet dog of Tyros, mistress of the god Melqart, discovered the dye when his mouth turned purple after chewing on the shellfish, and Tyros […]
Qiviut is an Inuktitut word used for the wool or undercoat of a musk ox. View more fiber facts!
A team of scientists discovered 34,000-year-old flax fibers in a cave in the Republic of Georgia, which means flax is the oldest fiber to have been used by humans. View more fiber facts!
FUN FIBER FACT Hair from the North American Curly Horse can be used to produce soft fiber generally uncharacteristic of horse hair. The long, wavy qualities of the fiber allow it to be spun into usable yarn, especially when combined with other fibers. The best Curly fiber is similar to mohair in its softness, although […]
Spain gets its name from explorers who discovered the land in 1100 B.C. and called it i-shepham-in, or in Latin, Hispani, which means “land of rabbits.” Today, more than 180 domestic breeds can trace their heritage back to wild rabbits of the Iberian Peninsula. View more fiber facts! Purchase these products in our shop!
Kapok, or Ceiba pentadra, is a tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and tropical West Africa. The tree is cultivated for the cotton-like fiber of its seed pods, which is called Java cotton, Java kapok, silk-cotton, Samauma, or ceiba. View more fiber facts!
Joseph Swan created the first synthetic fiber in the early 1800s with a cellulose liquid formed by chemically modifying fiber in tree bark. Purchase these products in our shop!
Even the most experienced spinner has a learning curve with each new fiber. Certain fibers are known as notoriously tricky; angora is on that list. What first comes to mind when you think of angora? Smooth, slick, flyaway? Won’t stay together? Short? Are you afraid to try it because of what you’ve heard from others? […]
Devil’s cotton, or Abroma augusta, is a plant with a dark-red flower and bark that yields a jute-like fiber. It is widely distributed in Asia.
You can spin chinchilla fiber! Chinchillas produce a soft, 13-micron fiber that has a 1 1/2-inch staple with up to sixty hairs from one follicle. Because the fiber has a flyaway tendency, it should be handled gently to prevent it from flying around and to prevent damage.