More about our fibers for spinning and dyeing
Blue Faced Leicester Wool Tops
Blue Faced Leicester wool (BFL) is fine, dense and very lustrous and soft. It is a beautiful wool with a long 5 inch staple length and, therefore, is well suited to combing. Blue Faced Leicester is a British wool that is highly prized for its similarity to mohair and for its attractive, silky, lustrous yarns. It dyes very well and felts easily and quickly to a smooth, silky finish.
Shetland Wool Tops
Shetland is a soft traditional British wool that is very easy to blend either with other wool colours or with exotic fibres in a hand carder or drum carder because of its shorter staple length. This wool felts quite quickly although not as quickly as Blue-faced Leicester. The felt is soft but with a hairy finish that adds contrast and texture to other wools.
White Merino 23 micron 64’s Tops
Our Merino tops are a very soft fine 23 micron wool for fine knitting, crochet and lace and great for wearing next to the skin or for baby's garments. Merino dyes beautifully and can be spun from quite thick to extremely fine for beautiful lace. New spinners may find it a little harder to spin than medium wools and therefore it may not always be a good choice as a first fibre.
Natural Coloured Wool Tops
Black Shetland Tops
Black is a difficult colour to get using natural dyes. If you want black yarn, the easiest technique is to start with wool from black sheep. You can then over dye it with madder or woad to get a black with great depth.
Grey Shetland Tops
Grey Shetland wool is ideal for dyeing to produce darker colours. You will get beautiful mossy greens by over dyeing grey Shetland wool with weld or other yellow natural dyes.
Moorit Shetland Tops
Moorit is a redder brown wool than brown BFL, and it is a difficult colour to get using natural dyes. If you want your own brown knitting wool, you will find it easier to start with natural brown wool. Moorit is also great for over dyeing with natural dyes for some very unusual shades.
Brown Blue Faced Leicester
Blue Faced Leicester wool comes in natural cream, oatmeal and brown colours. The Brown variety of Blue Faced Leicester wool has a grizzled brown and cream fleck appearance. Brown BFL is a more bluish brown than Shetland moorit.
Brown is a difficult colour to get using natural dyes; if you want brown yarn, the easiest solution is to start with wool from brown sheep. You can then over dye it with madder or woad to get unusual colours.
More fibres and fibre blends for spinning and dyeing coming soon...
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