Women are super creative and love motivates their best designs.
How about mixing yarn textures and diverse fibers to make something spectacular?
For example mixing acrylic with cotton or bamboo with wool? Even though it could have stunning results, I do not think it to be advisable and here are some of reasons:
The different fibers have various components in their structure:
Acrylic is a synthetic pliable, soften soft and expandable similar to natural wool. But it reacts and wear differently over time, has another tendency as you wash it.
Bamboo, a natural fiber, doesn’t shrink and the texture is not very “giving”.
Silk is either natural or synthetic. The texture very fine and molds itself easy into a given shape.
Cotton is durable and can take a lot of abuses.
There are many other yarns and thread and I could one day write a blog about explaining them all.
Because of different texture they have the tendency wear and wash differently. Whatever you design, you have to be concerned about how to clean it and follow the yarn labels instruction. If you decide to combine yarn look at least on the yarn label FIRST to see how they wash. That will give you a hint how usable your piece will be once completed.
People have peculiar skin and tolerances to fibers. If a person can feel good in wool, they might feel itchy in acrylic. If their body temperature adjusts great to cotton, they might feel cold in bamboo or vice versa.
Yarns are often dyed. Some of the dyes are not necessary compatible and could also cause bleeding into the fiber of different texture. The dye combination also might cause reactions to skin if they are not natural dyes.
Nowadays fabrics and fibers are ALWAYS mixed, but then the manufacturer is not necessarily concerned about how long of the item in question holds up.
When in doubt and should you insist on mixing fibers you could make a swatch, wash it and see what happens before you go through all that work.
I personally stay away from mixing fibers, since God says not to do it: Deuteronomy 22:11 and Leviticus 19:19 The reason for that is as I mentioned above: God made women very creative and knows they love to take care of their families. Back then, women made ALL their family’s clothing and depending on the size of the family it took quite a while. Can you imagine what a horrible thing it would be, if a woman works all summer on their family’s winter clothing and once they go out in the weather and get wet the linen shrinks and the wool expands. The whole garment would be no more good and will not serve its purpose. That is EXACTLY why God warns us not to do stuff that is not conducive to our well-being. He loves us enough to prevent our disasters and we really are much happier, if we would follow His advice.
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