hi guys! Echo here from Chicibeanz to
talk to you today about fibers. I get fiber questions all the time, and I have
a write-up in our chatter page, but it’s a little outdated, and I’ve brought in so
many new fibers since then so let’s talk about them. Where do I start? let’s talk
about u.s. regulations and what I’m getting done for that. so currently I’m
testing both cotton warp and silk warp and a couple different varieties of them.
the cotton warp is my classic ring spun cotton, unmercerized, and combined with
that I’m going to test my silk. So this is my classic chicibeanz silk, the
Bombyx (also mullberry) silk. it’s quite fine and it’s… I don’t know, there’s so many reviews about
it that you can look it up, but it’s shiny, it’s moldable, it’s magical and
amazing. and I’m also testing this with my silk warp, so this is my classic option. I
think you can’t go wrong with that. if you’re not sure what to get, get that.
it’s strong enough for toddler, it’s thin enough to wrap a squish, and it just
wraps itself, and you are gonna love it! back here we have Nexus. This is silk warp and a silk weft and it makes a lightweight to medium weight wrap. it’s
really, really moldable, easy to tighten them. It’s easy to tie. I don’t find it
super slippy. It is glidey though, so you can do those back passes really easily.
So that is silk. I do have a new one, it’s Tussah silk, and
this… is also, I mean it would make a 100% silk wrap, but you can
see it’s got a little bit more fuzz to it, a little bit more nubs and slumbs,
and will add a little bit more texture to your wrap. So if you’re looking for the
silk wrapping qualities, but want a little bit more grip, tussah is a great
option! Also for testing, I will be testing my merino silk. so this is the
option with glitter. As you can see it’s so pretty, the glitter is subtle that you
can’t ever hardly catch it on camera. but it is eye candy in person. it’s super
squishy. It also makes a light to medium weight wrap. Also very moldable but it
just adds more squish and crush than some of the other fibers do. Also
for testing, I will be having this rose silk. rose silk I love! Its… oh no, that’s
this one, they’re both really similar. This is the Rose silk, this is silk nettle, ramie, ramie nettle? Ramie Nettle. So Rose silk is… it is 50% silk 50% rose
fiber and it is fuzzy, a little bit, and I love it. It adds texture, it makes it a
little bit more toddler worthy and I would say more medium weight wrap. my
piece of hope is with it and I love it it’s got a little bit more thickness to
it. and it it wraps to me like silk wraps. Like
self wrapping. (baby screams in protest in the background) You barely have to do anything, but it’s thicker. So if you are
worried about toddler worthy, or cushiness on your shoulders or something
that’s an amazing option. and it smells so good too. you can’t always smell it
but when it gets like a little bit wet or something, then it just smells like
roses, which is pretty magical. So that’s that. The ramie nettle is similar, this is…
that’s this one, sorry 70% silk
30% Ramie nettle and very toddler worthy as well and also squish moldable. so you
can’t really go wrong with either of these the rammie nettle dyes a little bit
deeper. Rose silk is a little finicky for dyeing. much more light to medium tones
for dyeing, so if you’re looking for deep and saturated these might not be the
best option. if color is more important to you, then going with Tussah silk or
the hundred percent silk or even the merino silk, is gonna be your better
option. next we have rose. let’s talk about Rose. rose.. nope, I’m all over the
map right now. this is pineapple. here’s my rose so rose, pineapple even, seacell, those
are plant based fibers and they’re kind of similar.
I find rose and seacell to have quite a bit of stretch to them. so if you’re
looking for like a lot of bounce and recoil and stretch, then those are
awesome. They pair really really well with a cotton warp for a moldable, and
even Cushy I would say, wrap. More of a medium weight, like they’re a little bit
thicker thread so if you’re pairing it with cotton it will be more of a medium
weight which is nice. pineapple bast is 50% pineapple and 50%
cotton I haven’t used it yet, but other Weaver’s that have use it give it rave
reviews. and to me it feels like cotton heaven. yeah I’m excited to try this one.
I think that it will add some awesome texture and some good grip. so if you’re
pairing it with silk that it would give it more of like a, I don’t even know
how to describe, like an earthy type feel. which is nice. Here’s silk seacell. it’s a
little squishier, a little, a little bit stretchier then my silk. this one’s got
30% seacell in it. they’re almost the same weight, the seacell silk is a little bit
thicker. but that’s about it? it’s got a little bit more fuzz, and yeah just a
little bit more squich, squish so we pair this all the time with cotton warp and
silk warp and it’s fantastic. here’s a cotton. this is the cotton of
all Cotton’s this is Sea Island cotton. this is the thicker option I do have a
thin one as well, and it’s a little bit more, like it’s got a darker natty to
it, which will affect the dyeing slightly and as far as cotton goes it’s soooo soft.
so like hardly any breaking in. It’s got a price tag similar to silk. So it is a
little bit higher, but this is like, if you want the king or queen of Cotton’s,
this is it. It’s so good. Marine silk is a new one for me
but I know it’s pretty popular. it’s part merino, silk, and seacell. and it’s got
the shine very similar to seacell does. A similar look. It’s got some merino in
it though, so after dyeing it has more fuzz and cush to it, which is
really awesome. I have a thick version as well, and so if you want, if you’re
looking for a more thick-medium weight wrap, then go for the thick option.
It’s gonna be super cushy and yeah I wrapped with it the other day and it
makes your baby pretty much weightless. which is nice for those heavier toddlers.
Uh, let’s talk about alpaca. (alpaca/silk/cashmere) I love alpaca this is, and this is. This is
the glitter option and hopefully you can see the little fibers that come out of
alpaca. They’re so special to me, and they show up on the wrap, and you just see
these little fibers, and um it’s squishy. It’s so soft, like softer
than merino is. and I can’t say enough good stuff about this. My black tie which
is what I’ve got here, is with it. and it’s just, this is a shawl piece, and I
love it! I wear it almost every day. Like it’s
just drapey and glidey and cushy and soft, all at the same time. So I recommend
that if you are looking for a wool option. Um. I think that’s it. I think I covered them all.
Oh! super wash. So a super wash. It’s, I think all the super wash that I
carry is a merino. The superwash processing to me, kind of takes out the wool itch
that you can feel sometimes, it, it gives it almost more of a cotton feel to me.
It’s really soft. this one is superwash merino with bamboo.
and it’s springy and squishy my… sorry my piece of bluelala is made with it. and
I fell in love. This one is actually super wash with silk and cashmere and it
dyes up beautifully. the, at least the silk and cashmere one does. And it’s
cushy and blankety and thick, so for a shorty, totally worth it! it’s so good. And
I think that’s all, I think I’ve covered most of them. If there’s something else
you would like to find out, about give me an ask. I know there’s a couple that I
think that I missed, um yeah and hopefully we can chat again
soon. Thanks for watching and bye!