The first Sheep were landed in New Zealand by Captain Cook in 1773. The Sheep population grew to 70.3 million in 1982 but has now declined to 43.1 million. That represents 12 sheep for every person in New Zealand. Merino wool is tightly crimped and springy. Staples are commonly between 2.5 to 4 inches (65–100 mm) long. Merino wool is generally less than 24.5 micrometres (microns, µm) in diameter. Medium merino wool is between 20.6-22.5 µm, fine medium is between 19.6-20.5 µm, fine is between 18.6-19.5 µm, superfine is between 17.6-18.5 and ultra fine wool is between 12.5 to 16.9.
Our Merino Tops are 22 microns (medium) and are great for handspinners and felt makers. Its super-soft feel makes it ideal for baby clothing but care must be taken when washing the garment.
Merino colours are repeatable.
However, shades may change, so ensure you purchase sufficient fibres for your project.
Please be aware that the colours shown here may not be an exact match with the fibres.