Purple violet wool top for spinning | Wensleydale | 50g/1.7 oz | "Amethyst"

Get your wheel ready for some fun spinning with this shiny Wensleydale wool top in a taster size. Jewel tones in purple, violet and blue. Swoon.

  • Wensleydale is a shiny, longer staple fibre
  • great for spinning thin, and for you to challenge yourself if a beginner
  • Hand dyed in jewel tones
  • 50g or 1.7oz
  • (also sometimes mistakenly called wool roving)

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Description

Get your cosy Autumn spinning going with this jewel tone purple, violet and blue Wensleydale wool top for spinning.

These braids come in 50 grams (or 1.7 ounces), or half of what I normally sell, so you can try a more unusual spinning fibre at a more affordable price. Wensleydale is a lovely fibre breed but not as well known as Merino, so I think the smaller size might help you give it a try.

I dyed this wool top in lovely jewel tones: purples, violets and blue. The dyeing was done so that some of the fibre still retains its natural colour here and there, so your spun yarn will look slightly lighter than the colours that are present.

Fun fact: this braid was dyed at the same time as Autumn Harvest. Proof that hand dyeing can be witchcraft 🙂

Is Wensleydale a good wool for spinning?

Wensleydale is a longer stapled fibre than, say, BFL or Merino. It is, therefore, much shinier and silkier to the touch, but also a little trickier for beginner spinners. It is also not as soft as the other mentioned wools, but it drapes beautifully if spun thin. The shine also shows through really well in yarn format.

Is this Wensleydale 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 one 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. Wensleydale is a longer fibre, so the process will involve mostly the combing process.

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.

Both are fantastic types of fibre processing, they’re just different.

Colour disclaimer

I’ve done my very best to ensure colours show true, but please bear in mind your monitor settings might differ from mine.

Additional information

Weight 0.050 kg
Fibre Content

Wensleydale

Colour

Purple, Blue, Violet

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Keep wool top/roving or art batts in a dry room away from direct sunlight. Airtight boxes are recommended. Don’t place anything heavy on top of the fibre to avoid squishing it.
    Handle silk hankies with moisturised hands to avoid them sticking to your skin.
  • I recommend adding lavender sachets to the storage container for pest prevention.
  • Hand wash your finished product separately using wool-specific detergents, dry flat. Hand dyed fibres may bleed a little in the first couple of washes.

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Your best spinning and felting life is all I’m about. I want you to love and be excited by your fibre projects. I care whether your fab felting idea comes to life. Your spinning needs to be everything you ever dreamed of and I want to help you get there. My fibres, from art batts to silk hankies are all created with your best crafting life in mind.

Hi, I’m Eleanor and I want to be a part of your lovely hand crafting journey.

I’ll do all of this without compromising on quality or my eco values: I source my wool from ethical, local suppliers and I hand dye my fibre using the most planet-friendly techniques at my disposal.

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