BFL – Superwash White (Top)
BFL – Superwash White (Top)
BFL = Blue-faced Leicester. Classification: LONGWOOL It's difficult to find any Superwash top other than Merino, but here you have BFL! Perfect for knitting items that require easy laundering. Wool is conditioned through an enzyme process that strips off the outer scales, which prevents felting. This also makes for a different effect during the dyeing process, because Superwash fibre sucks up the dye quickly. This fibre is creamy-white in colour with plenty of lustre. BFL rates high for softness. Depending on spinning method, this breed can create a soft and smooth fabric with excellent drape. Micron count is generally in the mid-20s with a staple length from 3 to 6 inches. NOTE: Superwash fibre is NOT GOOD FOR FELTING. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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BFL – White (Top)
BFL – White (Top)
BFL = Blue-faced Leicester. Classification: LONGWOOL Creamy-white natural combed top, lustrous and soft! Excellent for dyeing at any stage of the spinning process. BFL rates high for softness. Felting properties are average. Depending on spinning method, this breed can create a soft and smooth fabric with excellent drape. Micron count is generally in the mid-20s with a staple length from 3 to 6 inches. NOTE: our labels may indicate this as UNTREATED, which simply means it is not Superwash BFL. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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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.
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Black Welsh Mountain (Rustic Roving)
Black Welsh Mountain (Rustic Roving)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving with minor amounts of veg and just a touch of lanolin present. Black Welsh Mountain makes up for in loft what it lacks in softness. Fleece is considered medium to coarse, best suited to outerwear or rugs. Our rovings are black with lots of ash-grey for an overall charcoal-grey effect once spun. Micron count is usually in the 26 to 33 range with a staple length of 3 to 4 inches. Wet-felting properties are low but suitable for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Camel, Baby – Soft Fawn (Top)
Camel, Baby – Soft Fawn (Top)
100% Baby Camel. Lovely and clean combed top. A very special lot of camel from the Alashan Plateau of Mongolia and China. The soft fawn colour and 17.7 micron fibre diameter make for a truly luxurious spin. Staple length is around 2 inches. From Ashland Bay. PRODUCT of CHINA
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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
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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
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Canadian Arcott (Rustic Roving)
Canadian Arcott (Rustic Roving)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving with a moderate amount of veg. A Canadian breed developed by Agriculture Canada in Ottawa, a complicated crossing of Ile-de-France, Suffolk Cheviot and others. Primarily a meat sheep but deserves more consideration by spinners. Though technical details are hard to find, what we have is creamy-white in colour, with a nice bounce and loft and a bit of lustre. Staple seems to be in the 2 to 4 inch range and it feels plenty soft for midrange garments. We're guessing this could be put to many of the same uses as Clun Forest or North Country Cheviot, and it might work great for a warm and cozy pair of socks, spun woolen or semi-woolen style. Wet-Felting properties are not known to us, but we're guessing it's pretty good. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Cashmere – Cream Mongolian (Top)
Cashmere – Cream Mongolian (Top)
100% Cashmere. Fine combed top, very clean. Staple length about 2 inches, the colour is ivory-cream (not as white as our photo). Lovely and super-soft at 16 microns. One of the most luxurious and soft fibres, from the cashmere goat. Not for beginning spinners because of the short staple, but one to aspire towards. Absolutely awesome in blends with fine wools and all sorts of other stuff. PRODUCT of MONGOLIA
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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
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Charollais (Rustic Roving)
Charollais (Rustic Roving)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL? Thick and chunky rustic roving with a moderate amount of veg. Staple length is short, only about 2 to 2.5 inches. A fairly soft and bouncy ivory-white fibre. This appears to be a meat sheep originally from France, introduced to North America relatively recently. It likely lends itself best to woolen-style spinning for midrange garments, but be aware that the staple length is short. Micron counts are in the 23 to 27 range. Wet-felting properties are probably average but it's hard to find any reference. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Cheviot (Top)
Cheviot (Top)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL Nice clean combed top with very little veg, in a bright off-white tone. There are different regional variations on Cheviot, but they have similar fibre. Cheviot is known for having bulky and springy staples of medium length with very little lustre. Its traditional uses range from blankets and carpets to midrange and outerwear clothing. It's a strong fibre and can be useful for socks. Micron count is usually in the 27 to 33 range. This supply has excellent long staple in the 5 to 7 inch range. Felting properties are low. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Columbia (Rustic Roving)
Columbia (Rustic Roving)
Classification: FINEWOOL Thick and chunky Rustic Roving. Current batch contains a moderate amount of vegetation. A North American breed, fairly widely raised in the western US and Canada. The locks are blocky with a high crimp and fairly fine fibre diameter. Adapts well to both woolen and worsted styles of spinning, used for midrange and outerwear garments, including socks, sweaters and functional items. Micron count is usually in the 23 to 31 range (comparable to Corriedale) with a staple length of 3 to 6 inches. Wet-felting properties are good. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Coopworth – White (Roving)
Coopworth – White (Roving)
Classification: LONGWOOL Carded roving with very minor amounts of veg. Coopworth was developed in New Zealand in the late 1960s and sports a lustrous fleece with good crimp. This roving is creamy-white in colour. Most often used for midrange, outerwear or non-garment items. Micron count for Coopworth can vary, but this supply is among the softest you will find, at 33, with a staple length of 6 to 8 inches. Felting properties are good. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Corn Fibre (Top)
Corn Fibre (Top)
100% Corn Fibre. Also known as Ingeo. Extremely clean combed top. Pristine, true white in colour. Staple length is 4 to 5 inches. One of the "new" man-made fibres, and apparently it stands up pretty well to any "green" claims about its manufacture. As a spinning or knitting fibre, it is soft and lustrous, breathes and absorbs moisture well, has good drape and warmth and is easy to care for. Corn is machine washable but should be air or tumble dried only. Do not iron! Considered a plant or cellulose fibre but neither acid nor fibre reactive dyes will work on corn fibre. Natural dyers could try using techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. We do not know yet how corn behaves in an indigo bath. That being said, when blended with protein fibres, acid dyes will leave the corn alone during dyeing, which makes for some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended.
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Corriedale –  White (Rustic Roving)
Corriedale – White (Rustic Roving)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving. Current batch has a moderate amount of vegetation. An excellent choice for CORE WOOL for 3-D needle felting. Spinners might consider doing a lofty woolen-style spin. This roving is much different from the tidy combed New Zealand top we offer, but it's about the same softness. Micron count for Corriedale can vary, but we are guessing this is in the 28 to 30 range. Staple length is around 3 inches. Wet-felting properties are very good. An excellent core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Corriedale – Bag of Nests (50 Colours) – 500g
Corriedale – Bag of Nests (50 Colours) – 500g
Now with 50 dyed colours! We've put together a variety pack with 50 shades from our line of Ashford dyed Corriedale wool. Approximately 500g (1.10 Lb) of colour fun. Perfect for felters or for spinners wanting to assemble a whole bunch of variety for carding or blending. 30-micron Corriedale. Please note: these packs take us a huge amount of time to assemble, and they rarely, if ever, go on sale. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Corriedale – Dark (Top)
Corriedale – Dark (Top)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Very clean combed top, rich chocolate-brown with a slight amount of grey. We always highly recommend Corriedale for beginning spinners, because it's easy-to-handle and neither too short or too long. Well-suited for midrange, outerwear and non-garment uses. Micron count for Corriedale can vary, but this supply is among the softest you will find, at 30, with a staple length of 3.5 to 4 inches. Felting properties are very good. We carry many colours as well, see Fibres> Dyed Roving & Top> Wool> Ashford Corriedale. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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