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A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!

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BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP

jacob

Jacob Sheep have graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries.  Their impressive horns, black and white faces and spotted bodies have no doubt contributed to their popularity and survival.

The Brown Select Jacob Wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color.  The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.

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Jacob

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MASHAM WOOL TOP
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 masham

Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England.  The Masham sheep is produced by  crossing  a Teeswater or Wensleydale and Swaledale or Dalesbred. 

This wool overdyes beautifully and is a great choice for rugs or projects that need a more robust wool.  Masham wool is a beautiful silver grey color with a good degree of lustre.  It is classified as a longwool.  Micron count is between 31-36 microns.
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Masham

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CHEVIOT WOOL TOP

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cheviot

Cheviot is a main British wool breed.  The modern Cheviot breed has been produced by selection rather than by crossing.  It is a pure breed, one of a very few in this country.  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

Cheviot Wool Top is a beautiful natural white color. The micron count is between 27-33.  The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners.  The wool practically spins itself.  The yarn produced from Cheviot wool is a pleasure to knit, crochet or weave.

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Cheviot

Are you allergic to animal fibers? 

Fear no more, this batt contains none of that!  

VEGAN BATT Collage

Hand dyed nylon fibers with a hint of firestar for sparkle and shine. 

You can spin this by itself to make a vegan yarn, or combine it with your animal fiber batts to add more memory to your yarn. 

Here’s a few suggestions for spinning the vegan batt:

Spin it as a single and then ply it with another animal fiber based yarn,

or blend with an animal fiber batt as you spin. 

Any way you choose to use this fiber, it’s all good!

See all of the colorways at sevenyaks.etsy.com

Get festive this Halloween – add a fun and stylish skull to a scarf.
If you’re like me, skulls are fun to wear any time!

halloween skull

Scarf blanks are 6 inches x 6 feet long in super soft polyester.

scarf blank

If you haven’t needle felted on fleece yet, Craft E Magee has a great tutorial to get you started!

skull tutorial

If you want to play around with a simple design, needle felting some yarn or roving is always a great start.

scarf yarn

Here’s a free PDF stencil to print and cut with an X-Acto knife to create your own scarf!

 

Skull PDF

Skull PDF

Merino is a fabulous fiber for spinning yarn, wet felting and needle felting!

Merino Collage

The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds of sheep.  Merino fibers are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibers.  This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.   But the merino’s fleece is built for extremes – breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight.

Because Merino can absorb moisture vapor, it tends not to create static electricity, helping it to drape beautifully and be less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body than other fabrics.

• Softest and fineness of all the wool types
• Fine crimp
• Good elasticity
• Excellent loft

Staple length for merino is 70mm or 2.75”
23 to 25 micron wool

$2.00 per ounce at 7 Yaks Design

Elasticity can also be added to merino with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory which is especially important when knitting socks!

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

Experience the delight of spinning alpaca!  Luxuriously soft, long, and available in a range of beautiful natural colors, discover why spinners love this fiber.  Alpaca is a long fiber with no crimp, so it doesn’t stretch and bounce the way wool does.  Sheep’s wool contains a lot of lanolin (grease) and most spinners like to scour the wool to remove excess lanolin before they spin it.  Alpaca doesn’t have the same grease content, and it is also hypo-allergenic.

Alpaca is…

Lightweight
Soft Luxurious
Very durable
Hand-washable or dry-cleaned
Little static
No pilling
Dyes well
Blends extremely well with other fibers

Suri Alpaca locks can be long and curly or straight fibers that are silky, very fine and very soft.  There is a wide variety in the color of the fiber such as, white, fawn, reddish brown, gray, dark brown, and black.  Suri Alpaca fiber is ideal for making soft loftier yarns for knitting.  It can also be used for felting.

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Huacaya Alpaca (pronounced wuh-kai-ya) wool is denser than the Suri Alpaca.  It is soft and very easy to spin and felt.
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– ALPACA FOR HANDSPINNING –
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Hardcarders:
Alpaca can be handcarded, using handcarders with fine teeth to create rolags.  Handcarded alpaca will spin into a soft lofty woollen yarn for knitting.


Drumcarders:

A drumcarder with fine teeth will create large batts for spinning.


Blending With Other Fibers:

Adding 20%-50% wool to alpaca gives the yarn more elasticity.  You can either spin a single of alpaca and one of wool then ply the two together to make a nice woollen yarn, or wool can be added to alpaca before spinning using handcarders or a drumcarder.

Blending 10%-30% mohair will make a fluffy yarn and give it a fuzzy look.  Silk lightly carded into the alpaca will add sparkle to your yarn.  Angora rabbit wool with alpaca makes a luxury yarn.  This yarn will be extremely soft and very warm.

You can use a drumcarder or handcarders to create various shades of alpaca, such as blending black alpaca with white alpaca will produce gray, or any number of colorful blends with dyed alpaca.

Elasticity can also be added to alpaca with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  Since alpaca fiber does not have much elasticity on its own, you will find adding wool or nylon – or some of both, will create a yarn with memory which is especially important when knitting socks!

Uses For Alpaca Yarn:

Alpaca yarn can be used for knitting, weaving, and felting projects – including wet felting and needle felting.

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

The luxurious fleece and pelt of the Gotland sheep are what sets them apart from other breeds.  Gotland pelts are world-renowned for their superior quality.  The pelts sell for a premium, due to their smooth silky locks and soft handle.

The Gotland’s fleece is considered to be among the best in the world for spinning and weaving.  It is the very high luster and well-defined crimp, along with the array of silver and gray shades that make the fleeces highly desirable to hand spinners, knitters and weavers.

Gotland Collage

Traditionally a dual purpose sheep, this fiber was established by the Vikings by crossing Karkul, Ramnov and native Swedish sheep.  These three blends created the Gotland sheep with a surprisingly long staple length of 6.5 inches.  The fiber has a clearly defined even curl and staple that is soft to the touch.  The fleece is typically 29 to 35 microns in diameter.  Lambs wool can be in the low to mid 20’s micron range.

Gotland fleeces are similar to Wensleydale in luster but are not quite as soft.  It is generally used as an outer wear fiber.  Gotland wool is strong, lustrous and smooth when spun worsted and is light and soft when spun into a lofty woolen yarn.  The wool felts easily with a smooth surface and strong hold, even when lightly felted.  This is what makes Gotland wool the “felter’s favorite”.

Gotland wool is fine, long, lustrous and dense and can be all shades of grey from silver to charcoal and dark enough to be almost black.  Traditional Gotland Gray is a rich blue-grey color that does not discolor in sun exposure.  This is a great wool to add to your alpaca to give your yarn more memory!  7 Yaks Design has natural gray roving and several hand dyed colors including wedgewood, blackberry, teal, indigo, midnight and crushed grape.

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

7 Yaks Design scored a great deal on raw Alpaca fleece and we are passing the savings on to our loyal customers! (More about that in a second.)

Hmm…
A sale of raw fleece at 7 Yaks Design?

Did you know that Alpaca does not have lanolin making it wonderfully hypoallergenic so that people who are affected by wool will not have a reaction?  The hair shafts are hollow which makes them excellent insulators.  It will keep you warmer than wool in the winter but breathes nicely too.  This soft fleece is great to wear next to the skin!

Raw fleece still needs to be processed to rid it of dust and little pieces of vegetable matter.

Here is a quick tutorial for cleaning the fleece. (Only a minute long.)

And here is a short video showing how to card Alpaca once you have washed it.

Now all you need is the fleece.

From me to you… Enjoy!

We have three Alpaca Fleece colors available.  (Click on the pictures to link to the Etsy offering.)

Light Fawn Color:

Light fawn color Alpaca.

Medium Fawn Color:

Medium Fawn Color Alpaca

Light Brown Alpaca:

Light Brown Alpaca Fleece

We were able to get a good deal on this fleece and we are passing the savings on to you.  Get yours now while they last.

We love Alpaca Fleece.  You will too!

We have a ‘FREE-ky and Bewitching treat for you from 7 Yaks Design.

Do you knit, crochet, felt, or make jewelry? Do you need costume ideas? Are you making Halloween Crafts?

Are you into making homemade Halloween decorations? Need supplies?

For every order over $25 (excluding shipping) during the month of October you will receive a gift worth at least $10.

What is the gift? Well, it is a surprise!


trick or treat

And we will be offering 25% off everything in the shop!

(excluding clearance items and shipping)

Now there’s some magic you can use 😉

Add a felted design to a base like a purse or gloves.

It comes from makeitminemag on YouTube.

Find wonderful colors of wool roving for you next creation at sevenyaks.etsy.com

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For your viewing pleasure…

A cute collection of Needle Felted Characters I found on YouTube.

These are from “feltalive” and her comments are…

“I can’t seem to part with any of my needle felted characters! They seem happy in their home on my shelves alongside my books and knicky knacks. They make me smile so I decided to share them. The music is Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter http://www.feltalive.com
I am teaching online! For more info: http://www.feltalive.com/online_class…
Etsy shop http://www.feltalive.etsy.com”

I’ve not looked at their sites yet, but will do a review soon. I just liked the music and the characters.

Hope you enjoy.

BTW… If you are looking for a good selection of wool roving for felting, take a look at what is available on etsy.

7 Yaks Design on Etsy

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