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NEW | SERI SILK TOPS

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Treetops is excited to introduce our NEW EXCLUSIVE ‘Seri’ Silk Tops. These Bombyx (Mulberry) Silk tops possess a higher than normal Sericin content. Sericin is the natural glue extruded by silkworms which holds their cocoon together. Because of this extra sericin you won't be able to draft these silk tops in the normal fashion; however, there are many other creative uses for them! They can be fanned out sideways similar to a Silk Lap or stripped into finer pieces and used like Pencil Roving (see images below). It’s also easy to create gorgeous Silk Paper. For further instructions and ideas Click here.

25% Sale | Limited Time | Extensive choice of Colour Harmonies Click here

25% Sale | Limited Time | Introductory Sampler Mix Pac with a selection of 5 random colours x 1 metre each, totaling 40gms for AUD$15.00 Click here

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FELTED SAMPLES | SERI SILK TOPS

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FIBRE SALE | BOMBYX SILK TOPS

We will be discontinuing all SOLID colours of Bombyx Silk Tops to make room for our new Seri Silk Tops.. 25% Sale available till stocks run out. Colours from left to right: Lagoon, Wasabi, Elderberry plus many more... Click here to see colour choices and order.
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FABRIC FACTS | SILK GEORGETTE

Georgette is a sheer, lightweight, dull-finished crêpe fabric named after the early French dressmaker Georgette de la Plante.

Georgette is made with highly twisted yarns. Its characteristic crinkly surface is created by alternating S and Z-twist yarns in both warp and weft. The 'amount of twist' will determine how much 'spring' your fabric has, some definitely have more spring than others.

The term 'Tissue Silk' is simply a made up word that feltmakers use to refer to this thin lightweight fabric, formally known as Silk Georgette.
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FIBRE FACTS | MERINO WOOL

“Moisture is the most important factor in felting. When wool absorbs water it raises the scales of the fibre so they present much larger free margins and consequently interlock more readily and firmly. The fibre also become more flexible with moisture, thus increasing its Differential Frictional Coefficient i.e. the surface of the fibres touch more.” You can also increase how much the surface touches by increasing the pressure you put A Comparitive Study on the Felting Propensity of Animal Fibers by Xin Liu and Xungai Wang. Textile Research Journal 77
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UPDATE | AUSTRALIAN DROUGHT

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Drought at present has played havoc with Australian sheep numbers. 95 per cent of New South Wales and two-thirds of Queensland is in a long running drought. Usually by this time of year these important wool growing areas would have frequently received a good solid 60% of their annual rainfall - usually between 730-780 mm of rain. They have only had 154 mm of rain to date for this calendar year! Even the driest year, back in the 1930's, they would have received 358 mm by Christmas. There are some regions now that are literally out of water. It is being trucked into communities and farms.

As for wool, beginning seven years ago in August 2012, Australian wool entered a strong and sustained uptrend. Prices peaked in August 2018 at an all time high. There had been good stable supply and demand for wool. But as Australia has been gripped by drought with sheep and wool production dropping sharply, so have the prices dropped ending the season with a 13.6% decrease. This is totally against traditional supply vs demand scenarios. Usually with low supply and high demand prices go up. There has been an estimated 16% to 20% wiped off the Australian wool supply and if the drought doesn't break soon it may get worse.

The only upside I can see here at Treetops is that this two-year long drought has effected the fineness of the clip. Stress and protein content in bought-in-feed can influence the specifications of wool. There has been an escalation in volumes of superfine wool (18.5micron and finer), however, there is less wool available. Beyond the Bale Issue 80 by the AWI and The Australian Financial Review 5-6 Oct 2019

FELTING WORKSHOPS | 2020

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Nancy will be teaching a variety of Natural Rhythm Sequence workshops throughout the UK, Dublin and Scotland during April-June 2020. Can you also explore a myriad of uses for Silk Hankies with her Hanky Panky Scarf workshop being taught before the International Feltmakers Association's AGM in London 7-8 May, 2020. To view her complete schedule and classes on offer Click Here. If you are interested in having Nancy teach in your area in the future, email Nancy at nancy@treetopscolours.com.au

AUSTRALIA POST | AMAZING PRICE REDUCTIONS


As of 1 October, Australia Post implemented a new pricing structure. What does this mean for you? Potentially HUGE savings for parcels being shipped from Treetops to your doorstep within Australia. The pricing system it too complex to explain here in detail, but next time you place an order, your postage costs will automatically reflect the new prices. On the whole we think you will be very pleased! For example, if you live in rural NSW, you would save approximately $20 when ordering a 6kg parcel. Clients outside of major cities will experience the largest savings for parcels over 5kgs.
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