I procure combed tops, rovings, and fleeces from a variety of sources. This following information is about the typical offerings of NGY as well as any seasonal and specialty fibers that I may be currently offering.
Superwash Wools & Blends
The process of treating wool to be superwash chemically removes the scales from the wool shaft & then it is treated with a softening agent to smooth out the edges that occur after the scales are removed. This process also results in dyeing that results in dramatic color changes for handpaints & bright/deep colors.
Superwash Merino - 21.5 micron superwash treated 100% merino wool with a staple length of 70mm or 2.75”.
Superwash BFL - Superwash treated 100% bluefaced leicester wool with a nice crimp & luster from the U.K.
Superwash Merino/Nylon - 85% 21.5 micron superwash merino wool blended with 15% nylon. Great for spinning sock yarn!
Superwash Merino/Tencel - 50% superwash treated merino and 50% tencel. This fiber blend is very shiny due to the tencel and the tencel does not take dye leaving a heathered effect. The viscose type fibers blended with wool have the look and feel of wool/silk products.
Panda - 60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon. This fiber has a nice sheen and the bamboo does not take dye leaving a heathered effect. When spun this blend makes a nice strong and soft yarn. The viscose type fibers blended with wool have the look and feel of wool/silk products.
Non-Superwash Wools & Blends
Non-superwash fibers take colors a little softer and with more of a gradual blend than superwash fibers. Most of the combed top is highly blended to evenly disperse different fiber types across the top creating a smooth spinning experience & unique colorway opportunities.
Superfine Merino - Very soft 100% merino. Staple length 2.75 inches, 70mm, micron 19.5
BFL - 100% bluefaced leicester long wool with a nice crimp & luster from the U.K. 25-27 microns but feels so much softer than the microns suggest, staple length is 4.25 inches.
Polwarth - The Polwarth breed developed from a foundation stock of 75% Merino and 25% Lincoln resulting in a very fine fleece with a longer staple. Polwarth fiber is 23 microns and has a staple length of 4-6 inches. This wool comes from South America.
Merino/Bamboo - 60% merino and 40% bamboo - the bamboo causes a heathered effect to the blend as it does not take dye. The viscose type fibers blended with wool have the look and feel of wool/silk products.
Shetland - Shetland breed 29 micron wool from Northern England. While lovely for any project this wool is great for spinning lace. Strong with a nice crimp it is also good for new spinners.
Wensleydale - A Blue faced luster longwool. 30-36 microns staple length 7 inches. 180 mm. This is a very shiny wool that takes dye very well, producing intense rich colors. An interesting spin this wool is wonderful for socks and also fun for felting into a fine fabric.
BFL/Silk - 75% bluefaced leicester wool + 25% silk combed top.
Merino/Silk - 80% merino + 20% tussah silk combed top.
Alpaca/Merino/Silk - 50% Huacaya alpaca 30% merino + 20% silk from Peru. FS (Fine Spinning) Grade; 25.5 to 26.5 microns. This blend has the softness of alpaca and the soft shine of silk.
Falkland - The base flock of the Falkland wool is Corridale, Polwarth and Dohne Merino. These breeds were developed for dual purpose, meat and wool production and are selectively bred for the ability to survive in the harsh climate of the Falkland Islands.The wool is almost guaranteed to be chemical free because of the harsh climate the breed is raised in means that insects and disease associated with them are not a problem. This wool is processed in the Swiss Alps from the melted snow to retain the whiteness and softness of the wool. Micron 26, staple length 4-6 inches, 100-115 mm.
Polwarth/Silk - 85% 23 micron polwarth wool from South America and 15% tussah silk.
Milk Fiber - Also known as milk silk, milk fiber is made from milk proteins. This top feels a lot like silk but is slightly less slippery to spin, takes color brightly, and is a nice alternative for those allergic to wool. Produced with milk protein by means of a new bio-engineering technique, milk fiber has the absorption properties of a natural fiber and a ph of 6.8 which is the same as human skin.
Current Specialty Fibers
Rambouillet - US small farm raised and processed - this is in the form of mill processed combed top.
Targhee - US small farm raised - this is in the form of mill processed combed top.
Gotland Wool - Rising to fame since the movie “Lord of the Rings” featured the Magic Elvin Cloak made of Gotland wool, this breed originated on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, off the East Coast of Sweden. This fleece is fine, long, lustrous and dense.
Romney Farm Processed Roving - I hand picked the Romney fleeces raised by a farmer in Illinois. We skirted and sorted the fleeces before sending them to a small Kansas mill for washing and carding into roving. Since this is not commercial combed top you will find bits of straw and other field bits in the roving, you can pick it out as you find it but most should fall out as you spin. This roving is easy to spin for spinners of all skill levels.
Cheviot Wool - Cheviots produce generous fleeces of white wool which is preferred by mills because its fineness, crimp, and length of staple give it superior spinning and combing qualities, and its low grease content causes less shrinkage in scouring. The fleece usually grades 1/4 to 3/8 blood combing and is usually from four to five inches in length.