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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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??
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