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The beauty of Merino wool
Here at World of Wool it's quite obvious that we love wool! From the curly Wensleydale to the proud Blue Faced Leicester, we really do love every breed; but we have to say there is a special place in our hearts for Merino.
You see, the wool fibre from the lovely Merino is considered to be the softest and finest wool of any in the world, and is specifically bred for its luxurious coat, which is why it is every crafters dream fibre.
Apart from being super soft, Merino wool has many other qualities including, flame retardancy, odour resistant, stain resistant, water resistant and it is naturally elastic. It is also excellent at regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin, providing warmth without overheating the wearer. Qualities such as this are the reason why it is in such high demand, and why our Merino products are some of our best sellers.
The Merino sheep and its crossbreeds are the basis of southern hemisphere fine wool production. The Merino originated in Spain, but grows well in arid conditions as found in Australia, South Africa (where our fibre comes from) and parts of New Zealand. The Merino ranges in micron from superfine, 12-13 microns to coarse, 25-26 microns, although the bulk of Merino wool production is 20-23 microns. Staple length varies from 30-90 mm.
As well as being used by craft enthusiasts around the world, Merino has also become common in high-end, performance athletic wear. It has been used for use in running, hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, cycling, and in other types of outdoor aerobic exercise. Sports clothing featuring Merino command a premium over synthetic fabrics.
We'd like to think that our love for all things Merino is represented in the selection of products that we have for our lovely crafting customers to buy - either online or in our factory shop - including Merino fibre as nature intended in its natural form; special Merino mixed bags; and of course our dyed Merino wool tops in either 18.5 or 23Mic, which come in over 100 colours - perfect for needle felting, wet felting and spinning.
We also have a range of wet, needle and nuno felting kits which include dyed Merino of the 23Mic 64's range.
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Photo: With thanks to Amanderson
Posted14th November 2016
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