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. Moorit Shetland wool is ideal for dyeing to produce darker colours.
This is the Moorit variety of Shetland wool that has a more orange-yellow brown appearance than the Brown BFL. 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 now choose either Moorit Shetland or Brown BFL then over dye it with madder or woad to get unusual colours.
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.
You can buy these fibres for spinning and dyeing and many more;
Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) Wool Tops: BFL is a British wool that is highly prized for its similarity to mohair and for its attractive, silky, lustrous yarns. Blue-faced Leicester dyes very well and felts easily and quickly to a smooth, silky finish. This beautiful British fibre comes in natural cream, oatmeal and brown colours.
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.
Shetland-Tussah silk 50% Blend: Feel & see the luxury of silk in this 50% Tussah silk blend with the added warmth & stretch of wool. Blends with less than 50% don’t look like silk. You need at least 50% to both feel and see the silk.