Viscose fibre is a type of Rayon, very similar in look and feel to the viscose type of Bamboo. This is categorized as a “semi-synthetic” fibre, being manmade from plant sources, in this case wood pulp from various kinds of trees. The wood is ground and dissolved, then extruded into very fine filaments before being cut and combed into top/roving. The fibre is soft and lustrous and used for weaving a wide range of commercial textiles including blouses, shirts, dresses, jackets and many other garments.

This is suitable for spinning by itself or blending with wool and other fibres. It is beautiful as a wet-felting embellishment on top of a wool foundation. Viscose is not at all a new fibre, having been invented and manufactured since the 1890s, yet people are generally not that familiar with it and often assume it is a polyester made from oil hydrocarbons.

With a staple length of around 5 to 6 inches, Viscose is easy to spin or blend. When used as a felting embellishment the wool when it shrinks will pull the Viscose fibres into delightful squiggles for a unique surface texture.

Dyers can use fibre-reactive dyes on Viscose, and it dyes beautifully into a whole range of colours much like Tencel takes dye.

From Dyeing House Gallery in Italy

Viscose – Bright (Top)
Viscose – Bright (Top)
100% Viscose Rayon. Extremely clean combed top. Lustrous white, with a staple length of 5 to 6 inches. Viscose is a type of rayon, and considered to be the very first successful manmade fibre after numerous attempts to create artificial silk. It is manufactured from wood pulp. Take advantage of the lovely sheen and soft handle to use this in blends for summer garments. Since this is a plant or cellulose fibre dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers can resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. We don't know how viscose responds in an indigo vat. That being said, when blended with protein fibres, acid dyes will leave the viscose alone during dyeing, which makes for some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended.
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Viscose Top – Bridesmaid
Viscose Top – Bridesmaid
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. Lovely and lustrous soft shell pink. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Viscose Top – Cloud
Viscose Top – Cloud
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Viscose Top – Earth
Viscose Top – Earth
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. Medium-soft taupe, sort of a grey brown. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Viscose Top – Jeans
Viscose Top – Jeans
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Viscose Top – Lavender
Viscose Top – Lavender
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. Medium-soft mauve purple. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Viscose Top – Marigold
Viscose Top – Marigold
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. Beautiful and bright marigold orange. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Viscose Fibres @ The Fibre Garden
Viscose Top – Paint Box
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. PRODUCT of ITALY  
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Viscose Top – Tuareg
Viscose Top – Tuareg
100% Viscose/Rayon from wood pulp, combed top. PRODUCT of ITALY
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