The Fibre Garden : combed top
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Silk, Red Eri (Sliver) – 50g
100% Eri Silk. A less common silk for spinners but widely cultivated in India and also known as Endi, Errandi or Peace Silk. Because the cocoons are not harvested until after the moth emerges, this is considered to be an acceptable fibre by some vegans. Used for all kinds of fabrics for garments as well as bedding, pillows, etc. This is in beautiful combed top, our current supply is MUCH redder than this photo, a stunning cinnamon red. Eri silk comes in several natural shades. PRODUCT of INDIA
$5.50 – $42.45 Select options
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.
$4.25 – $32.80 Select options
Soy Fibre – Bleached (Top)
100% Soy Fibre. 100% Soy Fibre. Extremely clean combed top in "natural" ivory. Staple length of 4 to 5 inches. SoySilk® is a registered trademark, but our supply is a very similar product from another manufacturer. It turns out that what we have been selling for years is the bleached version of soy fibre. Lustrous and soft, soy fibre is enjoying great popularity by itself or in blends with wool and other fibres. Very well-suited to summer wear since it's great at absorbing moisture. Soy fibre is manufactured from the waste pulp that remains after soybeans have been pressed for oil. Surprisingly, though it comes from plants, soy fibre has more in common with protein fibres in the dyepot. It takes colour beautifully using acid dyes and will respond well to the usual natural dye premordants that are used on animal fibres.
$2.50 – $27.00 Select options
Sparkle-On Natural Snow
100% trilobal Nylon. We also label this as Sparkling White Icicle. Extremely clean combed top, and very white but with a wonderful reflective sparkle. Staple length is about 3 to 4 inches, the fibre very fine. Absolutely wonderful for adding some glitter to any spin, and also a favourite of felters. Trilobal nylon is triangular in cross-section, rather than round. These flat surfaces are what cause it to reflect light and appear to sparkle. It is sold under various brand names, including Firestar™. Though it works nicely in "natural" white, this dyes beautifully with acid dyes. In blends this is carded at around 5 to 20% by weight, and just a little bit does the trick. Our "Sparkle-On™ Natural Snow" and "Nylon - Sparkling White Icicle" are cross-listed here together. The only difference is the size of the bags offered. PRODUCT of ITALY
$4.75 – $36.66 Select options
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.
$4.50 – $34.73 Select options
100% Lyocell. Very clean combed top, in "natural" white. Staple length is about 4 inches. Technically this manmade fibre is called lyocell. It's in the rayon family and made from wood pulp. Tencel® has been embraced by spinners and knitters alike, because it is fantastically soft with a terrific sheen and wonderful drape. Excellent for lighter summerwear as it absorbs moisture well. Tencel® can be spun alone or blended with other fibres. An intriguing choice for those that can't wear wool. < Since this is a plant or cellulose fibre dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers can resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. We don't know how Tencel® responds in an indigo vat. That being said, when blended with protein fibres, acid dyes will leave the Tencel® alone during dyeing, which makes for some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended.
$11.00 – $44.95 Select options
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
$18.00 – $73.55 Select options
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
$13.50 – $55.16 Select options
Yak, Cream (Top)
100% Yak. Fine combed top, very clean. Staple length about 1 inch, in a creamy-white tone. Yak is a tricky fibre to spin by itself, because it's so short. It makes up for this by being super soft and warm. Consider blending with a fine wool, such as Merino. We can't seem to find information about the felting properties. Micron count approximately 21. White Yak is not a naturally-occuring colour, and is made from brown that has been depigmented. PRODUCT of CHINA
$13.50 – $55.16 Select options
Yak, Dark Brown
100% Yak. Fine combed top, very clean. Staple length is just over 1 inch, in a deep chocolate-brown tone. Micron count is about 19. Yak is a tricky fibre to spin by itself, because it's so short. It makes up for this by being super soft and warm. Consider blending with a fine wool, such as Merino. We can't seem to find information about the felting properties. PRODUCT of CHINA