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I think the silk wasn't actually being used as lining; it was being used as a structure onto which the alpaca was being felted. Presumably so they could have a thin-but-strong felt.

I wonder if they could indeed have used a different fabric for that. Of course, if you knit and then felt, the issue doesn't arise.

- Keyan

It seemed like lining to me--otherwise why the hell would you use black chiffon?

Actually, I'm pretty sure it was part of the felting process. I forget what that precise style is called, but it's a legitimate thing. And you use a fabric with a looser and more open weave so that the felting fibers can pass through it and felt better, hence chiffon, which is actually too thin to make a good lining. It's also done, far more cheaply, with cotton cheesecloth. (In fact, I have a felted scarf made in just this style by Sherry from Sidhehaven.)

Hm. Well, point still holds that there is no need to use chiffon or to use non-local fabric. They grow cotton (even the kind used in muslin) in California. It's even more ridiculous and pointless to be all I R FANCY about the non-local black silk chiffon you're using to felt things with.

Point completely still holds. The silk was silly. Cheesecloth!

Nuno felting, you're thinking of? I disagree that the silk was necessary, though, it didn't have to be nuno felted. wool melton that's commonly used for coats doesn't have cheese cloth or silk in it, just wool. and there are sources of non-factory milled wool/alpaca in the pnw, I've seen them vending at the Puyallup sewing expo. It was not cheap at all, though. She could have at least stayed west coast if she's wanted to.

Nuno, that's it. And I didn't mean it had to be, just that I thought that's what had actually been done. I do a little felting myself.

Yeah I went and read the article and it's definitely nuno felted.

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