Bamboo Bast (Top)
Bamboo Bast (Top)
100% Bamboo bast fibre. Clean and tidy combed top. This type of Bamboo comes from the stem fibres, produced in a way similar to flax or hemp. It's different from the more common viscose or rayon type of Bamboo. To our hands it feels finer than hemp or flax, more akin to Ramie. The natural colour is ivory-cream, with a medium lustre. Staple length is around 4 to 5 inches. PRODUCT of CHINA
$7.25$55.96 Select options
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.
$9.00$36.77 Select options
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
$16.00$65.38 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
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
$16.63$135.96 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
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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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Coopworth – Dark (Roving)
Coopworth – Dark (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 dark brown in colour, sprinkled with lighter tones. 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. Wet felting properties are good. Excellent for needle felting. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Coopworth – Light (Roving)
Coopworth – Light (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 medium grey-brown in colour, sprinkled with lighter tones. 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. Wet felting properties are good. Excellent for needle felting. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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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.
$7.00$54.03 Select options
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 – Natural Fusion (Top)
Corriedale – Natural Fusion (Top)
100% 30-micron Corriedale wool sliver, easy to spin and very clean. Ashford produces this streaky bland with lengthwise stripes of natural white, light, medium and dark Corriedale. Excellent for spinning or felting. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Dorset (Rustic Roving)
Dorset (Rustic Roving)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving with a moderate amount of veg. Staple length is about 4 inches. A fairly soft and bouncy ivory-cream fibre with a medium staple and high crimp that lends itself best to woolen-style spinning for midrange and outerwear garments. Dorset and Suffolk-Dorset are one of the most common meat sheep breeds in Canada. The wool is often sent overseas before being made into yarn or felt and sold back to the North American market. Micron count is usually in the 27 to 32 range. Wet-felting properties are very low, and because of that Dorset is sometimes recommended for garments where shrinkage could be a factor, particularly socks. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Falkland (Top)
Falkland (Top)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Combed top, very clean. Falkland is similar to Corriedale in character, creamy white in colour with a soft hand. Not always considered a true breed, but more of a crossbreed that has developed on the Falkland Islands due to isolation over many years. Suitable for midrange, outerwear and non-garment uses. Micron count for Falkland is 26 to 34 with a staple length of 4 to 5 inches. We can't find a listing for felting properties but it's probably good.
$6.00$46.30 Select options
Flax Top – Bleached
Flax Top – Bleached
100% Flax (linen) fibre. Very clean combed top in a fairly narrow sliver, bleached to a bright ivory white. Staple length is 5 to 6 inches. This may be a good choice for those curious to try spinning flax for the first time. Our supplier suggests it can be either dry or wet-spun and no distaff is needed since it's already in a well-prepared form. It feels pretty soft for flax. Anybody up for the challenge? The various dyed colourways we carry begin with bleached flax, since it provides a good white base that won't lend the brown or tan tones that natural flax would give. Since this is a plant or cellulose fibre dyers must use fibre reactive dyes. Natural dyers must resort to techniques used on cotton, such as alum-tannin premordanting, or Aluminum acetate. Flax strikes just fine in an indigo vat. That being said, when blended with protein fibres, acid dyes will leave the flax alone during dyeing, which makes for some wonderful streaky or heathered effects, depending on how well the fibres are blended. PRODUCT of ITALY
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