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18.5um Merino

What’s special about this fiber?

There’s a certain beauty in the perfection of a simple thing. Merino is a commonly used fiber, but there’s a lot of variation in the quality of merino that’s made for many reasons. How the sheep are raised, how the wool is sorted and graded and how its processed all affect the quality. Commercial mills are under a lot of pressure to process as much fiber as possible, especially since they need 20 TONS of fiber per run to be sustainable.

Sometimes this means that fiber is blasted through the machines as fast as possible. Sometimes so much pressure is put on draft that solid steel rods are bent under the strain. Now imagine what that kind of force would do with something as delicate as wool. Unfortunately this can totally erase the natural qualities of the wool. Each breed has its own unique wool properties which can be destroyed by commercial processing.

After an extensive search, we found amazing sources of merino top that preserve the merino’s qualities as much as possible. Then we take the merino and run it through our machines to restore as much of the merino’s natural elasticity as possible.

What can it do?

Perfect for spinning, needle or wet felting, or dyeing.

Ideal for next to skin garments.

How does it feel?

It has a silky softness that’s a pleasure to hold. 

Suggested spinning level

Intermediate

Specifications

18.5um merino from South Africa, New Zealand or Australia

Non-mulesed Merino




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