Each sample has been felted onto cotton and batting and includes a strand of un needlefeted yarn to the extreme right of each picture.
Quotes (in italics) on yarn definition are from wikipedia
"These are made from a polyester fiber with a furry texture resembling eyelashes. These novelty yarns are made of a thin central ply surrounded by short "hairs"."
" fur yarns have an abundance of threads covering the entirety of the core thread"
This yarn has a core of two satiny threads twisted. and the fur or lashes are very feathery. It attaches well and especially on cotton, where it makes a lovely soft texture on the back.
"A slub or thick spot in a yarn is created by varying the tightness of the twist of the yarn at various intervals" However, thick, minimally twisted yarn is also referred to as slub or roving.
This yarn felts readily and forms an irregular line of felted material, although the lashes can be left loose. On cotton, thr transfer to the back is very dark and it can be useful for adding colour from the back.
This last yarn is a mix of several things. It has a twisted core, into which are twisted puffs of slub as well as lurex fibres, which create a fur rather than an eyelash. The core felts a little, the fur not at all, however the puffs felt extremely well and hold the rest of the yarn in place. I have also found yarn with puffs like this to be useful for adding dots of colour either from the front or back. If on the front of a piece, the core and fur is clipped off afterward, leaving a nice little dot of colour. This is great, especially to indicate rocks, or flowers in the distance.
So eyelash is a very useful yarn for embellishing:
- Usually, the core or backbone will felt in nicely, leaving the lashes free
- Lurex and other plastic fibres will not felt on their own, but can be attached when blended with another fibre either in the lurex yarn itself, or by twisting it with one.
- Eyelash yarns are useful in landscapes because of their one-sidedness
- Eyelash with slub-like lashes are very good felters, from both the fron and back with different effects for each.