Hand dyed (some people call it hand painted). Mixed (dark and light) Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) and Tussah Silk 85/15. Combed top.
5.18 ounces Ounces
Island Girl ooak (one of a kind)
This all one of a kind update honors Elton John with his song titles as the names for these braids!
BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) : British luster long wool. 25-27 microns, staple length 4 ¼ inches, 110 mm. The fiber feels finer than the micron count would suggest. The luster promotes intense dye results.
Tussah Silk - wild silk produced by worms who mainly eat juniper and oak leaves. There is no controlled environment. The silk tends to be coarser and less lustrous than Mulberry silk which is a cultivated controlled environment silk.
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.
My business is in my pet friendly smoke free home. The dye studio and fiber rooms are pet free.