We also supply Merino and Corriedale tops in a range of natural and dyed colours.
Alpaca, shown here, is a much smoother and less scaly fibre and therefore slippery. This makes it more difficult to spin for a beginner.
What is a top?
A top is created from washed (scoured) and carded fleece. These fibres are then put through a machine called a Gill Box. This machine is able to separate long and short fibres then combine them into pre-determined ratios into a continuous sausage of fibre. A description can be found at http://www.wool.com/Topmaking_Worsted-Gilling.htm. The result is that the spinner has a weight of fibre that is totally usable, no waste due to dirt or poor quality fibres.
What are mamade fibres?
Most manmade fibres are extruded through spinnerets and their cross section shape depends on the die. These shapes range from round to multilobal, each shape serving a different function. They are also smooth and therefore slippery. Due to their ‘easy care’ qualities they account for 68% of the fibres used world wide.
We supply Acrylic Fibre designed to mimic the qualities of wool but with the advantage of being unharmed when washed in a washing machine (synthetic cycle).
The hand spinner is therefore able to choose from a wide range of fibres to spin, each one has its appeal, each one used for a specific effect or function.