This textured wool batt is slightly different from my usual fibre composition. Instead of the usual sheep’s wool base, it’s alpaca – and black alpaca at that.
On top of that black alpaca I carded some rather lovely multicolour silk thrums (that’s silk leftover from the sari making industry, it can’t be reused for fabric, so we fibre folk take it for spinning or felting!)
I also added some sparkle for extra shine, as well as some merino wool for loftiness and bounce.
You may be asking yourself, why on earth is this batt named “Formula One”? Well, the yellow stripes on the dark background made me think of the fast-paced world of speeding cars and bikes, and for some reason the name stuck.
This textured wool batt has three layers of all the fibre gorgeousness you see in the photos. Layering the batt ensures you’ll get interesting combinations throughout, no matter how you choose to spin or felt it.
My favourite way to spin this type of art batt is core-spinning, whereby you use a commercial yarn as a core and wrap these fibres around it perpendicularly.
You can also choose to spin this in a more traditional way, taking advantage of the silk thrums for extra texture.
This carded fibre batt is suited for spinning or wet felting. You can simply pull out sections lengthwise and spin, or peel back the layers to work each separately (these suggestions are also good for wet felting). The choice is yours.
You’ve 100g or 3.5 oz of squishy softness to play with.
If you’re spinning this batt and would like to know more about taking care of the finished yarn, hop on to our yarn bases and info page for tips.
Although all care has been taken to ensure colours show true, your monitor setting might differ from mine.