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Viscose was discovered when Hilaire de Chardonnet, who, while looking for an alternative to silk, accidentally spilled a bottle of collodion and left it. When he eventually tried to clean up the spill, he found a tacky viscous liquid which formed long strands similar to silk. Within six years of this accidental spill, Chardonnet had manufactured viscose from a pulp of mulberry leaves which had been dissolved in ether and alcohol. Viscose yarn was known as artificial silk until around 1924 when it was given the name ‘rayon’. The two most successful rayons which were then developed were Xanthate rayon and Acetate rayon.
The many advantages of Viscose Yarn
There are many advantages to using viscose yarn - it is more absorbent than cotton, drapes beautifully and blends well with other materials. Thanks to its ability to absorb perspiration, allowing it to evaporate, it is an ideal yarn for summer garments. Debbie Bliss Prima is an eco-friendly luxury viscose yarn derived from bamboo, with softness and sheen for delicate lightweight feminine knits.
Noro Mossa is a vibrant, colourful viscose yarn combined with mohair, silk and wool which knits into a fashionable bouncy boucle style. Gedifra Aldato combines various levels of artistic thickness and textures by combining viscose yarn with wool and polyamide and can be used to knit trend-setting coats, cardigans, gillets and jackets. These knits give great thermal protection.
Patons Fusion is an avant garde ‘chainette’ viscose yarn with great elasticity for either crocheting or knitting. Rowan Damask combines 57% viscose yarn with linen for amazing classy knits.
Here at Black Sheep Wools, we stock viscose yarn which is combined with many other natural and man-made fibres to cater for the huge demand for variety among knitters and fashionistas to create new, unique and innovative items of clothing.