Viscose roving – Advantages & Techniques

Advantages of using viscose in felting

viscose vegan fibre with wool

With many visual characteristics of silk tops, the lack of static makes felting with viscose easy. As a substitute and more economical than silk, viscose tops also add lustre and strength to felting projects. Making felt more elastic, its use enhances the drape of thin layouts. As well as additional comfort and softness,  using viscose tops / roving  reduces pilling.  Derived from regenerated wood-pulp,  it is  vegan & eco-friendly due to the closed cycle production process. 

Versatile viscose


Use clouds, strands or shingles for decorating and reinforcing when using viscose for felting. Use a little or a lot (up to 70%!) for different effects, especially on pre-felts. Mix different colours together in your hands or with hand carders to achieve a wide range of colour variations. For greater effect, use viscose colours that contrast with the wool. Make viscose sheets using soap, starch solution or wall paper paste when making faux ‘silk‘ paper for felting. Torn or cut pieces or whole sheets can be added to wool or pre-felt layouts. Using the textile medium or PVA glue method will give a firmer result more suited to embellishing other textiles and making bags or vessels. Anything you can do with silk roving, you can do with viscose roving with no static and at a fraction of the cost!

viscose prefelts

Being cellulose, use fibre reactive dye to dye white viscose tops or overdye light colours.

Viscose fibre is a wonderful fibre to incorporate into:

  • Felting – wet felting, nuno felting, needle felting
  • Spinning – incorporate with other fibres, create art batts
  • Hand weaving – use alone, in combination with wool roving, or as an accent in macramé wall hangings.
  • Paper making – added to other fibres or used alone to make fibre sheets
  • Doll making – for wigging and making curls
  • Mixed media and textile art surface design; layering, couching

Viscose Roving – Creative felting techniques

make silk paper with viscose

Stunning effects can be achieved with  viscose roving:

  • Marbled & Impressionist effects
  • Openwork and Windows
  • Viscose paper applique
  • Graphic images
  • Faux fur
  • Blending viscose

With explanatory subtitles, these techniques are beautifully illustrated below in videos by Katerina Korshun, a textile artist from Prague.