Soy Silk Roving, Part II

After the disappointing soy-silk roving experiment (that included fabric medium and a disappointing, plasticky result),  I decided to keep experimenting. Art-instigator Rosaland Hannibal contributed white soy-silk roving and expertise on the topic I wanted to experiment with–fusible webbing and interfacing. The results are much more satisfying.

First, a black interfacing sandwich. Bottom: Black interfacing, sticky side up. Middle: Green, purple and a bit of white roving. Top: blue nylon net. I wanted to add the net because if the glue from the interfacing wasn’t enough to hold all the roving, the nylon net would contain it. The fiber is so light it floats from surfaces. And I liked the texture from the last experiment.

Second, White interfacing sandwich. Bottom: White interfacing. Middle: White roving with a bit of green and purple roving. Top: White Misty-Fuse, which is more see-through and anchors the fibers really well. This image is shown pre-ironing to fuse the layers. It was photographed on a white towel.

Third, Misty-Fuse sandwich. Bottom: White Misty-Fuse. Middle: white soy roving, green roving, purple roving, orange thread clippings, copper fabric clippings. It was photographed on black paper.

The good news is that all the pieces are smooth enough to write on with gel pen. So I finally have the paper-like fabric. I like the feel, which is more like fabric and less like plastic. This is satisfying.

–Quinn McDonald is not done experimenting, but is satisfied with the results so far.




8 thoughts on “Soy Silk Roving, Part II

    • I will try the same dark one with dark MistyFuse, although from the back (where there is fusible interface) and you can see through into the fibers is very intriguing. But I love the last one best of all–and yes, the orange threads made it work. It added the touch of contrast I needed. I don’t use orange thread very much, so I had do dig through my whole stash to find it!

  1. Interesting experiment! I have done something similar using wool tops and nylon glitz. The nylon glitz was supposed to have given a bright sparkle to everything but the textile medium killed it, so its back to the drawing board again. Misty Fuse and other non woven bonded webs sound as if its the way to go; your tutorial offers hope!

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