About Synthetic Fibers
Synthetic fibers are engineered to be anything we want them to be. For example, acrylic is designed with a crimp to mimic wool, and faux cashmere is super fine and soft! Synthetics are awesome for folks who want to mimic the experience of working with animal fibers -- they act the same, and can be dyed the same as their protein-fiber counterparts. Personally, I love working with "faux cashmere," because I love shockingly neon colors, and it's a dream to spin!
Allison's Tips for Spinning Faux Cashmere
Do you remember making sparks with your clothing as a kid? Synthetic fibers are a bit charged, and have a lot of static cling. This is an amazing secret trick when spinning them!
Take advantage of static cling.Let the fibers spread out and cling to your fingers. You'll create a little fan, making it easy-peasy to draft!
Blogs about Spinning Synthetic Fibers
A roundup of some great tips and experiences!
- Have you tried spinning faux cashmere? (Interweave, 2015 January 16)
Where To Buy Synthetic Spinning Fiber
A curated list of indie vendors and artists offering up synthetic spinning fibers: