Blending opens the door to endless possibilities for creating unique yarns and fabrics. Many spinners choose to create their own blends by carding, but for a lot of us the commercial blends are convenient and easy to work with in their tidy preparation of roving or top. If you start with a natural-coloured blend, enjoy the yarn as it comes out, or dye it after spinning.

Roving and top can also be dyed. Especially interesting effects can appear when protein (animal) and cellulose (plant) fibres are combined and dyed using acid dyes. These won’t strike on the cellulose fibre, but they will on the protein, so streaked rovings and heathered yarns will result. Some of the most popular blends to achieve this remarkable effect are wool/SeaCell, wool/Tencel® and wool/bamboo.

Blends are also a great way to cut down on the prohibitive cost of the more rare and luxurious fibres, notably Qiviut, bison and cashmere. Blended with a compatible fibre, the unique qualities of these luxury fibres shines through and is extended enough that one can actually afford to create something worthwhile with them. Think of it as feeding eighteen people with one truffle.

Quick Metric Conversion:
1 oz = 28.35g, 2 oz = 56.7g, 4 oz = 113.4g, 8 oz = 226.8g, 1 Lb = 453.59g

BFL 75/Silk 25 (Top)
BFL 75/Silk 25 (Top)
75% Blue-faced Leicester wool / 25% Tussah silk Very clean combed top. Staple length around 6 to 7 inches. A super-soft blend in a luminous, pearly-looking ivory white. The sort of fibre you want to fall asleep on, it's so soft. Absolutely perfect for against-the-skin garments. Or perhaps a lace shawl since this ought to make fantastic lace yarn. From Ashland Bay, this replaces our previous 80/20 blend.
$9.00$36.77 Select options
Camel, Baby 50/Fine Merino 50
Camel, Baby 50/Fine Merino 50
Very clean combed top. A wonderful streaky blend of camel-tan camel down with natural-white fine Merino wool. The colour reminds us of butterscotch ripple ice cream. Staple length is about 5 inches with a micron count in the range of 19 or so. If you've never spun camel before then this blend is the perfect starting point. Both fibres accept dye well, and the streaky blend will be fabulous "au natural" or dyed as you wish. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
$12.00$49.03 Select options
Camel, Baby 50/Tussah Silk
Camel, Baby 50/Tussah Silk
50% Fine Baby Camel / 50% Tussah Silk Very clean combed top. A wonderful streaky blend of camel-tan camel down with creamy-white tussah silk, and super soft! Staple length is about 5 inches with a micron count in the range of 18 or so. Perfect for a lace spin or go thicker for a luxurious scarf. Both fibres accept dye well, and the streaky blend will be fabulous "au natural" or dyed as you wish. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
$16.50$67.42 Select options
Cashmere, Cream 50/Fine Merino
Cashmere, Cream 50/Fine Merino
50% Mongolian Cream Cashmere / 50% Fine Merino Very clean combed top. Soft and luxurious, this clever blend delivers the softness of cashmere but at a much better price than cashmere alone. Staple length is just over 2 inches, with a micron count around 16 to 19 -- hard to determine with a blend such as this but plenty soft! Our supplier recommends spinning with a fairly tight twist for durability, which will still allow the cashmere to "bloom" in your project. PRODUCT of GREAT BRITAIN
$20.00$81.72 Select options
Merino, Fine 50/Cultivated Silk 50
Merino, Fine 50/Cultivated Silk 50
50% Fine Merino / 50% Cultivated Silk Our friend Ted suggested we try this blend from Weaver Creek Fibers, and it's absolutely amazing! Also called Bombyx or Mulberry silk, this shiny silk is blended with 21-micron Fine Merino in a combed top that is lovely, clean and a delight to spin. Dyes well before or after spinning. We think it's the best silk/merino blend on the market and good value to boot. Quite different from the usual Merino/Tussah Silk blends. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
$12.50$51.08 Select options
Polwarth 85/Tussah Silk 15
Polwarth 85/Tussah Silk 15
85% Polwarth wool / 15% Tussah Silk Very clean combed top. A lovely soft blend from Ashland Bay that is just as beautiful in its natural ivory tone as it would be dyed. Polwarth is every bit as soft as Merino and much less commonly used in blends such as this one. NOTE: slightly more on the ivory/cream side than the photo shows. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
$9.00$36.77 Select options
Sock Blend – Superwash BFL/Nylon Top
Sock Blend – Superwash BFL/Nylon Top
80% Superwash Blue-faced Leicester wool / 20% Nylon Not suitable for wet felting!! Very clean combed top. Staple length around 5 to 6 inches. BFL is not as soft as Merino, but has excellent durability in a sock yarn. Spin Off Magazine did a whole sock issue a couple of years ago and BFL was the winner so far as the best choice for spinning your own sock yarn. We have the mill custom-blend this for us, to save you from having to do the tedious job of combining wool and nylon together in a thorough way. This dyes up beautifully, either before or after spinning. The ovory-white colour is also real nice just as it comes. Would also be a good choice for kid's clothing. PRODUCT of CANADA, made from imported fibre.
$5.50$42.45 Select options
Sock Blend – Superwash Merino/Nylon Top
Sock Blend – Superwash Merino/Nylon Top
80% Superwash Merino wool / 20% Nylon Very clean combed top. Staple length is around 4 inches. Like our BFL/Nylon blend, we have the mill do this up for us because it's an ideal no-brainer blend for spinning sock yarn. Takes dye beautifully, though the natural creamy-white is also lovely. White nylon is a pain to thoroughly blend into white fibre, so we've already had it done for you. Not suitable for wet felting. PRODUCT of CANADA, made from imported fibre.
$5.00$38.59 Select options
Superwash Merino 50/Bamboo 50 (Top)
Superwash Merino 50/Bamboo 50 (Top)
50% Superwash Merino / 50% Rayon from Bamboo Lovely and clean combed top. Staple length around 5 to 6 inches, the colour creamy-white. A favourite of dyers for making fancy hand-painted braids for spinners. This is a very soft and luxurious-feeling blend, carded in a streaky manner that helps to preserve the sheen of the bamboo. Use it to spin everything from against-the-skin garments and beyond. Very pleasant in the hands! Because only the wool will strike with acid dyes, the effect is exotic and streaky both in the top as well as the finished yarn. The Superwash component makes for absolutely no felting during dyeing, and later during laundering. A tip for dyers: when presoaking and rinsing, keep this top in a mesh lingerie bag to help hold it together. NOT SUITABLE FOR WET FELTING.
$4.75$36.66 Select options
Superwash Merino 50/Tencel 50 (Top)
Superwash Merino 50/Tencel 50 (Top)
Lovely and clean combed top. Staple length around 4 to 5 inches, the colour is a streaky blend of ivory and white. A favourite of dyers for making fancy hand-painted braids for spinners. This is a very soft and luxurious-feeling blend, carded in a streaky manner that helps to preserve the sheen of the Tencel. Suitable for a wide range of yarns. Because only the wool will strike with acid dyes, the effect is exotic and streaky both in the top as well as the finished yarn. The Superwash component makes for absolutely no felting during dyeing, and later during laundering. A tip for dyers: when presoaking and rinsing, keep this top in a mesh lingerie bag to help hold it together. NOT SUITABLE FOR WET FELTING.
$5.00$38.59 Select options
Wool 60/Flax 40 (Top)
Wool 60/Flax 40 (Top)
60% Wool / 40% Flax Very clean combed top in an interesting heathered blend of ash-grey, soft tan and cream. Staple length is around 5 to 6 inches. This blend is softer than you might imagine, with what is obviously a Finewool of some type and a good grade of flax. It seems well-prepared and should be easy to spin. We wonder if it might just work for lace weight yarn. Feels plenty soft enough for midrange to outerwear garments. This could be dyed with acid dyes for a streaky effect. Might it work for felting??
$6.00$46.31 Select options
Yak Grey-brown 50/Merino 50
Yak Grey-brown 50/Merino 50
50% Yak (18.5 micron) / 50% Merino wool Fine and clean combed top with an overall ash-grey/brown colour but peppered with darker and lighter streaks. An unusual luxury blend that makes spinning Yak much easier than all by itself. From Ashland Bay. PRODUCT of CHINA
$11.00$44.95 Select options
Yak, Brown 50/Cultivated Silk 50
Yak, Brown 50/Cultivated Silk 50
50% Yak / 50% Cultivated Silk Absolute luxury best describes this exotic blend from Ashland Bay. The combination of the two fibres somehow gives an almost metallic appearance, better than either alone! This would overdye like a dream, if you dare. The colour is sort of silvery brown but streaky at the same time. We think this wants to be spun lace weight but no doubt it would make superb bulkier yarns as well. Clean combed top, and easy to spin. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
$18.00$73.55 Select options