On my last post I showed a nuno felt piece I’d made using various wool tops I got in a recent bag of Botany Lap Waste from World of Wool. It became obvious that not all were Merino or even 100% wool, so I thought I’d try some samples. The first one is the kind of Royal Blue from the back of the nuno piece. I’d had a feeling at the time it might not be Merino, but it’s surprising how different various tops can feel and even look when you use lots of different ones together, even when they’re all 23 mic Merino. I know sometimes it’s because they’re old and a bit dry, but I think it has something to do with the dyes too:
Some other tops I got were obviously not Merino or Corriedale. I’m going to guess at Shetland, because WoW don’t do many different breeds of dyed tops, and because it looks similar to some green Shetland I got:
I don’t think I used this next one on my nuno piece either, but it was very similar to the turquoise I used on the back (I only got as far as wetting down that sample). It was obvious straight away that this was never going to felt:
I don’t know what it could be, the only similar experience I’ve had to this is trying to felt Suri Alpaca locks. I know Superwash has been suggested, but I don’t think they do dyed Superwash or put it in the Botany Waste.
And inspired by Ruth, a nice Autumnal photo: