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how to grow fur a progress blog

you start with milkweed coma

first thing, we got our milkweed coma. it's unbelievably soft. softer than rabbit fur.

spin it with a cotton core

to look like fur, we needed to create a novelty yarn. though we are planning on using linen in long term production, we used cotton as the core and binding yarn for this sample. and, of course, milkweed coma was used as the effect. with the help of professional spinner anna upston, we got it spun!

do a simple weft

the yarn was woven with a plain cotton warp and surged with black thread. the first sample isn't as furry as we'd like, but we'll improve upon it with the next one.

find ways to improve

we wanted to see if we could improve the strength and spinability of the milkweed coma. professor deborah berhanu found us a formula used in the milkweed industry in 1700s quebec, so we modernized it and tested it, with the help of professor gwen sanchirico.

the process seemed to better the fibers, but we're still experimenting!

the next sample

we already started working on our second sample. we are having more yarn spun, this time using linen. we will be doing a different weave using rya knots to achieve a fur look. the first sample proved the durability and functionality, now we just have to alter the texture.

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