This glorious blend of BFL wool top for felting or spinning and bio-nylon is the eco-warrior’s dream: sturdy enough for harder wearing projects, yet fully compostable when no longer needed.
I hand dyed this wool top in a longer section of teal green (please note that the photos don’t show its true deeper green), neon pink, yellow, green and a deep blue. Together, these colours go happily together and make for a fun mix.
There is a total of 100 grams (or 3.5 ounces) of woolly goodness for you to play with as you wish.
About BFL wool and bio-nylon
Blue Faced Leicester (or BFL for short) is an amazing wool for spinning and felting. It’s soft like Merino but it’s shinier because it has a longer staple length. It’s extremely suited for beginner spinners and a joy to use for experienced ones as well. It’s a great fibre for next-to-skin projects.
Bio-nylon is a wonderful replacement for regular nylon. Like the regular artificial fibre, it lends extra strength to the wool (perfect for making yarn suitable for socks or other harder wearing garments) but it doesn’t stay in the world forever. Bio-nylon will act as regular nylon for as long as want it to, but once you feel the fibre has run its course, you can pop it in the composting pile and it’ll start decomposing back into the soil. The best of two worlds.
Is this fibre a wool top or a roving?
I hope you think this is a good question, because there is definitely a difference between combed wool top and roving. Both expressions are often used to represent the same item, but they are quite different. In fact, I am inserting this explanation here so I can use the expression “wool roving” correctly and still please the search algorithm gods. Sneaky.
Combed wool top such as this are processed in the mill to remove the short fibre staples, and all the longer remaining fibres have been combed to face the same direction.
Wool roving, on the other hand, still retains some shorter fibres and not all face the same direction, so it will have a fuzzier appearance.
I’ve done my very best to ensure colours show true, but the teal green is much greener than the grey-ish colour on my monitor. Please also bear in mind your monitor settings might differ from mine.