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Fabric and Fiber Information

Properties of various fibers, care techniques, moth prevention and heirloom conservation.

Specific Fibers


Mohair/goat fiber
     Discussion of goat breeds, from Okalahoma State University.

     Luxurious and warm hair of the musk ox.

Sheep Breeds
     Descriptions of various sheep breeds, from Oklahoma State University.

     Brief discussion of the general properties of wool.

Care and Identification

Fabric Care Symbols
     Description of those mystifying Care Symbols found on fabric, yarn wrappers, etc.

Fabric Identification
     Burn test for numerous fiber types -- identify unknown fabric, yarn, etc.

Fabric University
     Characteristics of textile fibers, fiber history, flammability and safety issues, fabric care, and more.

Fabric Care
     Care instructions, symbols, long-term storage, stain removal guides, and more.

Fiber Burn Chart
     How to identify that mystery fiber -- fabric, yarn, you name it. Nice flow chart format -- follow the boxes through smell, type of ash, etc. to find your fiber.

Preventing Clothes Moths
     Clothes moths (or carpet beetles) and how to prevent them, from the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.

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