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ARTIFICIAL SILK: 100% Cellulose and Blends

Cellulose
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Cellulose is an organic compound and the structural component of most green plants. It is composed of the three elements: carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. In general, its chemical formula is C6H6O5. For example, cotton contains 82.7% of cellulose, ramie - 68.6%, hemp - 67%.
Rayon is produced from naturally occurring polymers, and is called an artificial silk. It is not a synthetic fiber, but a manufactured regenerated cellulosic fiber. Rayon is very versatile and has the same comfort properties as other natural fibers: it can imitate the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton and linen. Rayon fabrics are soft, smooth, cool, comfortable, and highly absorbent, but they do not insulate body heat making them ideal for use in hot and humid climates.
Viscose: Georges Audemars developed the first rayon fibre around 1855, but his method was impractical for commercial use. Hilaire de Charbonnet, Comte de Chardonnay, patented "Chardonnay silk" in 1884, but it was so flammable it had no safe use. Finally, in 1894, Charles Frederick Cross, Edward John Bevan, and Clayton Beadle patented the first safe and practical artificial silk, which they named "viscose". Avtex Fibers Incorporated began selling their formulation in 1910 in the United States.
What is Tencel? Lyocell is an eco-friendly fiber made from wood pulp cellulose as well as Viscose and Rayon. It was first manufactured in 1988 by Courtaulds Fibres UK at their pilot plant S25. The only current manufacturer in the United States is Lenzing Inc, who market it under the trademarked brand name Tencel. - Reference: Lenzing Fibers Inc.
What is Cupro? Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber, soft, strong and silky, produced by treating cotton cellulose with cuprammonium salts. It is also called Cuprammonium Rayon. Cupro was first made in 1890s in Japan and Italy.
Trade names are used within the rayon industry to determine the type of rayon used: • BEMBERG, for example, is a trade name for cupramonium rayon that is only produced in Italy. • MODAL is a widely used form of rayon produced by Lenzing Fibers Corp. which is based in northern Austria. Galaxy, Danufil, and Viloft are rayon brands produced by Kelheim Fibres, a German manufacturer. • GRASIM (India) is the largest producer of rayon in the world (claiming 24% market share). - source: Wikipedia.org. • More information about rayon fiber and its production: Mindfully.org and MadeHow.com


Rayon Rayon Viscose Rayon Rayon

Astral, TheAYCo.
Chiara, Lana Grossa
Chicago, Lanas Stop
Greta, Katia
Irise, S.R. Kertzer
  Korfu, Lang
Lumina, Jo Sharp
Luzia, Louisa Harding
Lynx, Lanas Stop
Malizia, Estelle
  Mare, Lana Grossa
Pima Tencel, Cascade
Visón, Lanas Stop

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100% Rayon and Blends Rayon

Kertzer Iris
  NATURAL
IRISE by S.R. Kertzer
FIBRE: 85% Rayon, 15% Lurex
YARN WEIGHT: Worsted
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 23 sts/ 32 rows
NEEDLES: 4 mm (US No. 6)
LENGTH: approx. 104 m / 115 yds
BALL WEIGHT: 50g
* machine wash | made in U.K.

Lana Grossa Chiara
  NATURAL
CHIARA by Lana Grossa
FIBRE: 70% Rayon, 20% Superkid Mohair, 10% Polyester
YARN WEIGHT: Worsted
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 25 sts / 30 rows
NEEDLES: recommended 4 - 4.5 mm (US No.6-7)
LENGTH: approx. 190 m / 212 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50g
* machine wash | made in Italy

Lanas Stop Chicago
  CHICAGO by Lanas Stop
FIBRE: 84% Rayon, 13% Polyester, 3% Polyamide
YARN WEIGHT: Aran
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 23 sts/ 32 rows
NEEDLES: 4 - 5 mm (US No. 6-8)
CROCHET HOOK: 3.5 mm
LENGTH: approx. 100 m / 109 yds
BALL WEIGHT: 50g
* hand wash | made in Spain

Viscose Viscose

Vison Knit Faux Fur, Lanas Stop
  VISÓN by Lanas Stop
FIBRE: 95% Viscose, 5% Polyamide
YARN WEIGHT: Chunky
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 18 sts / 22 rows
NEEDLES: 4 mm (US No. 6)
LENGTH: approx. 52 m / 57 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* dry clean | made in Spain

Knit Lynx Faux Fur, Lanas Stop
  LYNX by Lanas Stop
FIBRE: 82% Viscose, 18% Polyamide
YARN WEIGHT: Bulky
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 12 sts / 14 rows
NEEDLES: 6-7 mm (US No. 10 - 10-1//4)
LENGTH: approx. 32 m / 35 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* dry clean | made in Spain

Louisa Harding LUZIA
  LUZIA by Louisa Harding
FIBRE: 80% Viscose, 20% Nylon
YARN WEIGHT: Fancy
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 11 sts / 14 rows
NEEDLES: 8 mm (US No. 11)
LENGTH: 40 m / 43 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50g
* dry clean | made in Spain

Lang KORFU
  NATURAL
KORFU by Lang
FIBRE: 79% Viscose, 21% Linen
YARN WEIGHT: Ligth Chaunky
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 15 sts / 18 rows
NEEDLES: 5 - 6 mm (US No. 8-10)
LENGTH: 62 m / 79 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 50 g
* machine wash | made in Italy

Jo Sharp Lumina
  NATURAL
LUMINA by Jo Sharp
FIBRE: 62% Viscose, 36% Cotton, 2% Polyester
YARN WEIGHT: Double Knit
TENSION: 10x10 cm(4"): 22.5 sts / 30 rows
NEEDLES: 4 mm (US No.6)
LENGTH: approx. 120 m / 131 yds
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* hand wash | made in Italy

Estelle Malizia
  MALIZIA by Estelle
FIBRE: 60% Viscose, 40% Polyester
YARN WEIGHT: Fancy
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 16 sts / 20 rows
NEEDLES: 5 - 6 mm (US No.8-10)
LENGTH: 50 m / 56 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* hand wash | made in Italy

Katia GRETA
  GRETA by Katia
FIBRE: 46% Viscose, 51% Metal, 3% Polyamide
YARN WEIGHT: Fancy
TENSION: 10x10 (4"): n/a
CROCHET HOOK: 2 - 4 mm (US B1-G6)
LENGTH: approx. 4 m / 4.5 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* hand wash | made in Spain

Lana Grossa Mare
  NATURAL
MARE by Lana Grossa
FIBRE: 40% Viscose, 30% Linen, 30% Cotton
YARN WEIGHT: Chunky, or Fancy
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 16 sts / 24 rows
NEEDLES: 5 mm (US No. 9)
LENGTH: 100 m / 118 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 50 g
* machine wash | made in Italy

 

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