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Content: 100% wool
Amount: 100 grams
Fibre Diameter: 38 - 40 microns
Staple Length: Approx. 17.5 cm
This hand washed and hand dyed 38 to 40 microns English Leicester wool is a beautiful high lustre wool with a well defined crimp, ideal for medium to thick yarns.
Ideas for use:
Separate into individual groups of colour.
Spinning - Open the fibre out and spin a soft single thread. Ply with a fine cotton, silk or commercial woollen thread to strengthen the yarn for knitting. The fine thread will be almost hidden in the yarn and won't obscure the fabulous colours.
Weaving - Use the beautiful shiney staples for extra texture in handwoven fabrics. Handknot the staples into beautiful rugs or wall hangings.
Felting - Use the coloured staples as surface decoration. They look fantastic lightly felted into the surface of a natural colour felt.
Each bag contains all the colours of the rainbow!
Ashford Handicraft's philosophy is to respect nature, work ethically and ensure sustainability. You may read more about about how they do it on their Consumer Information page.
Ashford Sliver comes from pasture-fed sheep. The sheep are well cared for and are not mulesed. After the sheep are shorn, on the farm, the wool is carefully skirted and checked. Only wool that is sound, clean with good fibre length, bulk and colour is selected. It is sent to a boutique New Zealand mill to be dyed, carded and combed.
It is scoured (washed) using an environmentally-friendly, biodegradable detergent. The wool is then dried and dyed. The dyes comply with the strict EU regulations and garments made from the sliver can be certified under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This standard is the most widely known standard for certification of ecologically-safe clothing. The fibre is then gently opened and conditioned. Carding machines align the fibres and remove any foreign matter. It is then gilled and combed.
Photos courtesy of Ashford Handicrafts
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