A few weeks ago, during our monthly C-U Fiber Guild meeting, Jillian Chekan introduced us to the chemistry of synthetic fibers. I know, I know, some of my readers prefer only the fine and fanciest of yarns–the all naturals, the wools and alpacas; the indie dyers and spinners. And I love them too. But, damn, the science and history of acrylics is something to behold: a real tribute to mankind’s (folly)–erm, I mean desire to rule the earth, play creator, and replicate things found in nature.
With good humor and a great visuals, Jillian, helped us understand some of the desirable properties of acrylic yarn. Thankfully, Jillian, who is a gradate student Chemical Engineering at UIUC, was kind enough to agree to share her slides here on the blog. So, sit back, grab a cup of Postum or Tang and enjoy the show!
Here are Jillian’s fabulous slides! (posted with her permission, of course):
Thank you so much for all of the information, Jillian, and for being willing to share your slides with us 🙂