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Message started by blargslap on Jul 4th, 2023 at 1:01am

Title: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by blargslap on Jul 4th, 2023 at 1:01am
Sorry for click bait titleÖ  ;D

I attempted to make a balearic sling from sisal a few weeks ago, it sucked and itís now decomposing in my garden.

Yet even now Iím finding sisal fibre in my carpet, and has appeared in the bed, in my sock drawer and I found one in my locker at work which is 15kms from my house!!

I put a sheet down when working, but a few got out and I thereís a few I canít get out of the carpet, itís properly embedded in there  ;D no matter how much I pick up it seems to clone itself and spread itself around

Anyone have any experience in this ?

Cheers guys n gals

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by blargslap on Jul 4th, 2023 at 1:02am
I will also add Iíve vacuumed about 30,000 times and it donít get it out  :o

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by Eino on Jul 4th, 2023 at 12:42pm
The title is very accurate... sisal is like a hydra, cut off one fiber and two more take its place. ;D

I've had the same experience. I've made a couple of slings from sisal twine (I have been too lazy to strip it to plain fiber), and the fibers are everywhere. All of the slings came out hairy, too. I haven't tried to clean up yet, but I should soon.

Hopefully your rogue sisal fibers will disappear eventually. If every time you come across one you throw it away, you should eventually be rid of them. Even though each fiber disposed of is a small dent, it will add up. Good luck! :)

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by IronGoober on Jul 4th, 2023 at 4:10pm
This is the case with sisal or loose fiber. It's just part of slinging life :) 

Jute, cotton, wool are much less messy. But I love my sisal.

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by blargslap on Jul 4th, 2023 at 5:57pm
Eino- thanks for the tips haha, youíre not wrong; eventually it will all go away if I pick up piece everyday! Just need to think k of it like an advent calendar, just a sad, lame one that no one buys and gets put on sale in January  ;D

And Irongoober, any tips on braiding with sisal? I canít seem to find any loose stuff ( been wanting esparto as well!) so Iíve been extracting it from rope but the fibres become very unmanageable as it has great memory and twists around a lot.

My aunt has a monster of a flax bush at her house and Iím going to grab some leaves from that and try it out.

Cheers

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by Rat Man on Jul 5th, 2023 at 8:08am
Many members love sisal.† The first time I used it I braided my sling from start to finish in one long sitting.† Shortly after my hands were very sore.† Sisal does make a good looking, functional sling but it's not the easiest material to work with and not my favorite natural fiber.† I find jute, hemp, cotton... almost anything easier to work with.

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by IronGoober on Jul 5th, 2023 at 10:13am
For loose fiber, I'd use the flax plant.  Here are two videos I made on how I extract fiber from New Zealand flax.

https://youtu.be/BCbtz9xLafQ
https://youtu.be/bT9yY5dE5rE

As far as tips go, untangle your braids often, don't keep braiding for a long time without untangling the loose ends, it will make you loose less material out of the twine and it will make it faster overall.

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by JudoP on Jul 5th, 2023 at 11:26am
If you are having trouble with loose sisal, try soaking the fibre multiple times and getting the gunk out that usually comes with it. Should be a lot smoother and easier to work with. Cord/rope quality does vary though.

Title: Re: Sisal ( infinite fibre hack )
Post by blargslap on Jul 5th, 2023 at 7:58pm
I love the texture of sisal, even though itís a tad rough on the hands. Definitely need to try these tips, and thanks for the videos !! Should be good Iím excited to try and extract it all myself and turn it into something !

Cheers guys

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