I am preparing another Sweaty Knitter series. This one will be called, simply, Fibers.
This series is designed to assist textile artists (whether just beginning or having many years of experience), better understand fiber properties and how those properties contribute to the performance of the finished fabric – whether knit, crocheted, woven or sewn.
Fibers will cover an array of fiber-related topics, including morphology (structure), what causes a fiber’s property(ies), fiber strength, what factors are involved in affecting the comfort properties of a fiber, what makes a fiber retain its appearance, characteristics of cellulose and natural protein fibers, how yarn is processed, how yarn is classified, and – undoubtedly – whatever other topics grab my attention. 🙂
The series will focus on natural fibers, not manufactured fibers. First, I have no personal interest in synthetic fibers. 🙂 Secondly, while textile artists use an array of yarns made from various combinations of fibers (including manufactured ones), it is chemical engineers who manufacture the synthetic fibers. (FYI: Here’s a link to a nicely laid out instructional module on “Synthetic Fiber Manufacturing” by Professor Charles B. Weinberger, Professor Emeritus at Drexel University’s Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.)
Second, I have no burning desire to “bone up” on chemical engineering, as none of my degrees is even remotely related to that topic. I did make a synthetic product in a college chemistry class somewhere in the distant past: an expanded rigid polystyrene plastic – aka Styrofoam. However, I’ve never used Styrofoam in any textile project. 🙂
I hope readers will find Fibers an interesting and useful series!