Wonderful Wools to begin your spinning journey…
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In a world where even milk protein can become fiber, hand spinners have no shortage of choices when it comes to making our own yarn. Every single fiber out there has unique properties that impact the spinning process and determine what kind of finished yarn you’ll end up with. This is a fun world to enter into, but it can be overwhelming. My recommendation? Start with an easy to spin wool!
If you’re worried about wasting a bunch of beautiful fluff when taking your first “spin” (pun intended) on your drop spindle, I suggest starting out with our Domestic Wool Top Fiber. This is a blend of different wool varieties, and it’s budget-friendly. This fiber takes well to dyes, or you can leave it in its natural sheepy white. Our Domestic Wool Top is sold by the ounce or pound, with a one ounce minimum to purchase.
Another inexpensive starter fiber is our Romney Wool Top Fiber. This is what I most often recommend to new spinners, as it’s the stuff I learned with. Romney fiber is somewhat coarse, which makes it less slippery and a little easier to spin. This fiber also takes well to dyes. Sold by the ounce or pound, with a one ounce minimum to purchase.
Speaking of lovely natural white fibers, our Fine White Merino Wool Top Fiber is one of the snowiest natural whites we carry. Known for its super-soft texture, Merino is another great fiber for hand spinning. Dyed or natural, and softer than most, merino makes very pretty and wearable yarn. Sold by the ounce or pound, with a one ounce minimum to purchase.
Another fluffy, snowy white fiber that’s quite popular these days is our Blue Face Leicester Wool Top Fiber. This super soft fiber makes delightfully squishy, strong yarn. Like the Merino, BFL looks just as good dyed as it does is its natural state. Sold by the ounce or pound, with a one ounce minimum to purchase.
If you’re looking for something colorful, you should check out the Maine Coast Hand-Dyed Romney Wool Fiber Blend. It’s a medium soft Romney that is hand-dyed for us right here in Maine! This fiber is sold in 4 oz bags.
The same local dyer (Pine Star Studio) also provides us with another hand-dyed beauty: our Hand-Dyed Blue Face Leicester Wool Fiber. I recently snatched up some of this to play with, as I couldn’t resist the colors and I’m fond of BFL. I used a Shotzee Medium Weight Cherry Wood Drop Spindle to spin a small amount, then I chain-plied it on the Schacht - Flatiron Spinning Wheel Double-Treadle that’s set up in the shop. Here’s what my tiny knitted swatch looked like:
These fibers are my top choices for easy and affordable spinning start ups, but there are many, many more varieties that you could experiment with. Don’t be afraid to dive right in, and let us know how we can help you choose the best fiber to start spinning away with!
Note: Most of our fibers are sold by the ounce or pound. The first listed price is the price for quantities under a full pound (not per ounce), the second price is for a pound or more, and the third for five or more pounds.
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