Medium Dark Grey 20.7 Micron Haunui New Zealand Halfbred and grade A1+ Mulberry Silk 70/30 blend combed top (called roving in subject line for search engines). Hand dyed by Bethanne. Photographed with flash.
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NZ Halfbred is a registered NZ breed. It is a cross between a Merino and longwool breed - usually Romney, Lincoln or Leicester and was bred to cope and thrive on the South Island foothills. To be considered Halfbred they can be either first cross or bred halfbred to halfbred. They are very hardy sheep but grow wool that is versatile and can cover a broad micron range depending on the direction of the studmaster. The fine line of hogget wool last year was 20.6 and the strongest adult line 27 micron. NZ Halfbreds can be as strong as 33/34 micron. The finer micron wools tend to reflect their Merino heritage -lofty and soft. The stronger microns are usually longer in the staple and can show a little sheen in the wool.
This wool is trade marked HAUNUI and the owners like their wool to be described as Haunui New Zealand Halfbred. They do this to avoid confusion as halfbred flocks can vary considerably. They believe it protects the reputation of their flock and their wool and gives a point of difference to those of us who buy from them to onsell. All of their tops are micron tested after combing. They like the micron to accompany the product description of the wool so that spinners or felters etc understand what they are using and can help them make the right decisions when choosing the right top for the project. They always hope that when people spin a top with a given micron they will develop a feel for micron and understand the differences in the top and why.
These are AAA fleeces fully skirted before processing and processed at a very ethical local (to the farm) mill. Allons-y! fiber arts is importing directly from the New Zealand farm. Though international shipping costs are rather pricey, I am doing my best to keep that cost down in the final product. This wool has been incredible to dye. The quality of it is just amazing. Haunui New Zealand Halfbred is a regular in the shop now.
Mulberry Silk is also known as Bombyx silk or Cultivated Silk. I consider it to be one of the best quality silks you can buy. It is produced from the silk worms of the Bombyx Mori Moth. Their diet consists of Mulberry leaves. Mulberry silk is produced in a controlled warm environment.
The Mulberry silk sliver in this blend is A1+. A1+ is made from the best quality mulberry kibisu. A1+ looks more shiny and white than A1. All grade A silks have long strands, contains almost no impurities and have a natural pearly white color and sheen.
DYES: This combed top may retain some residual color from the dyeing process. Washing will not affect the level of color in your fiber. Since heavy metals are not used in these dyes some colors such as pink and turquoise may run slightly when washed. This is not a matter of too much dye being used. I recommend washing all hand dyed items separately.
WASHING: For washing this fiber please use room temperature water. Please do NOT agitate which can and will felt wool. You may use a wool wash if you wish. If water is warm at all please let cool to room temp before removing fiber.
PHOTOGRAPHS: All photographs have been done with a flash setting. Please note that flash does make silk sparkle and can lighten the photo. I have made adjustments through a photo edit service to have the best color accuracy. PLEASE NOTE - that I have NO control over the differences from color monitor to color monitor. Mine is calibrated for color but that is not going to make your monitor more accurate or the brightness of your lighting in your computer.
STORAGE: All fiber is braided and sealed in plastic. This is great for saving space and for easy transport. If you are going to store your fiber, store it loosely and allow it to breathe. Otherwise wool can compress and even felt if left sealed in plastic. It is best to store away from heat, sunlight, and moisture.
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