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.
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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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Gotland – Grey (Top)
Gotland – Grey (Top)
Classification: LONGWOOL Combed top, very clean. This breed originated on the Island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea and is widely raised in Sweden. It features lustrous and silky fibre, our supply being a blend of medium brown and creamy grey. Most often used for outerwear. Micron count for Gotland is in the 48 to 52 range (though ours seems softer), with a staple length from 3 to 5 inches, relatively short for a Longwool. Felting properties are excellent.
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Icelandic – Black (Top)
Classification: DUAL-COATED Clean combed top with minimal to no veg. Icelandic sheep have a double coat, and nearly always both types of hair have been carded together. This top is very dark brown-black, sprinkled with lighter tones. Best suited for outerwear or non-garment items. Micron count is difficult to assign because of the double coat. Wet felting properties are excellent, also great for needle felting. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Icelandic – Grey (Top)
Icelandic – Grey (Top)
Classification: DUAL-COATED Clean combed top with minimal to no veg. Icelandic sheep have a double coat, and nearly always both types of hair have been carded together. This top is dark charcoal grey, liberally sprinkled with lighter grey. Makes a heathered yarn and gives intersting results when dyed. Best suited for outerwear and non-garment items. Micron count is difficult to assign because of the double coat. Felting properties are excellent. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Ile-de-France (Rustic Roving)
Ile-de-France (Rustic Roving)
Classification: FINEWOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving. Our current batch has a moderate amount of vegetation. Ivory-cream in colour, with lots of bounce and loft. Ile-de-France was intentionally bred as a meat sheep in France in the early to mid 1800s and is a relatively new introduction to North American shepherds. With Merino in the bloodlines, this fibre should be interesting to experiment with. This source is not as fine as most Merino but could be ideal for warm and cozy socks, midrange or outerwear. Staple length of this roving is around 2.5 to 3 inches. Likely in the 25 to 30 micron range. Excellent felting properties. An excellent core wool for needle-felting.
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Jacob – Black (Top)
Jacob – Black (Top)
Classification: PRIMITIVE Combed top with little to no veg. Jacob are one of the few multicolour (and multihorned) sheep, of ancient origin. This top is a deep and rich black-brown peppered lightly with grey. Certainly soft enough to use for sweaters and a scarf or three. Micron count is typically in the 27 to 35 range, with a staple length of 5 to 6 inches. Felting properties are good. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Karakul – Grey (Top)
Karakul – Grey (Top)
Classification: DUAL-COATED Combed top with little to no veg. It's said that Karakul is one of the oldest-known breeds of sheep, and pelts from the lambs are what made those Persian lamb coats our grandmothers all wore. This lovely top is ash grey liberally sprinkled with darker grey and black hairs. We suspect this is among the softest Karakul fibre around, making it useful for outerwear and scarves as well as the typical carpets and household items. Micron count is typically in the 30s or higher, with a staple length of 6 to 12 inches. Felting properties are good. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Lincoln (Top)
Lincoln (Top)
Classification: LONGWOOL Combed top, very clean. This breed features smooth and long, lustrous fibre, our supply being an ivory-cream shade. Though often used to add strength in blends, Lincoln makes exceptionally beautiful lace-weight yarns that highlight the intricate stitchwork. Thicker spins are generally used for rugged outerwear. Micron count for Lincoln is in the 34 to 41 range, with a staple length from 8 to 12 inches or more. Felting properties are very good.
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Manx Loaghtan
Manx Loaghtan
Classification: PRIMITIVE BREED Lovely clean top with very little to no veg. This breed is native to the Isle of Man but is also raised in the UK. It was brought back from the brink of extinction and is considered a rare breed. The name is said to translate basically to "mouse brown" and that's exactly the colour of this top, sprinkled throughout with soft grey. Said to be excellent for sweaters and socks, and this feels plenty soft for either. Micron count for this top is 28 with a staple length of about 3 inches. According to a couple of our customers, this has average wet-felting properties. One reports that it did not work well for Nuno felting. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Masham – White (Top)
Masham – White (Top)
Classification: LONGWOOL Combed top with just a small amount of veg. Masham varies widely in quality, but our supply is exceptionally soft, in a lustrous ivory-cream colour. Though usually recommended for outerwear, this should be soft enough for midrange garments as well. Micron count for Masham is in the 29 to 34 range, with a staple length from 6 to 14 inches. Felting properties are average.
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Merino – Dark 19mic (Sliver)
Merino – Dark 19mic (Sliver)
Classification: FINEWOOL Carded sliver/roving with a small amount of veg. This is a really grand dark-brown but not truly black, with traces of ash grey here and there. At 19 microns this is nice and soft for against-the-skin wear. Merino is ever-popular with spinners and being used like crazy by felters. Merino has a staple length from 2.5 to 4 inches. Felting properties are excellent. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Merino – Light 19mic (Sliver)
Merino – Light 19mic (Sliver)
Classification: FINEWOOL Carded sliver/roving with very little veg. A lovely ash-grey, lightly streaked with charcoal. This will create a nice heathered yarn and will be extra-fun to dye. At 19 microns, it's nice and soft for against-the-skin wear. Merino is ever-popular with spinners and certainly being used like crazy by felters. This supply has a staple length around 4 inches, which is fairly long for Merino. Felting properties are excellent. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Merino – Medium 19mic (Sliver)
Merino – Medium 19mic (Sliver)
Classification: FINEWOOL Carded sliver/roving with a small amount of veg. Medium-brown in tone with a generous sprinkling of ash-grey, creating a lovely heathered yarn. At 19 microns, this is nice and soft for against-the-skin wear. Merino is ever-popular with spinners and certainly being used like crazy by felters. Merino has a staple length from 2.5 to 4 inches. Felting properties are excellent. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Merino – Superfine White (Top)
Merino – Superfine White (Top)
Classification: FINE WOOL This is very special Superfine 16-micron Merino in a natural creamy-white colour. Very clean combed top. Excellent for spinning or felting by itself, but also perfect for blending with soft luxury fibres such as Angora, Cashmere, Yak or Qiviut. Felting properties are excellent. Staple length is in the 2.5 to 3 inch range. PRODUCT of ITALY
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Merino – Superwash White 22mic (Top)
Merino – Superwash White 22mic (Top)
SUPERWASH Merino. Classification: FINE WOOL The most common fibre offered as Superwash, this is lovely combed Merino top in an ivory-white colour. Micron count is 22, which is plenty soft for against the skin wear and a multitude of other uses. 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. Merino rates high for softness. Staple length is generally 2.5 to 4 inches. The Superwash treatment makes for a slippery feel during spinning when compared to untreated Merino, so it's not necessarily a good choice for beginners. NOTE: Superwash fibre is NOT GOOD FOR FELTING. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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