About our Yarns

I am quite sensitive to most wool and animal fibres so I have focussed my bases on either cotton or extremely soft, low allergy merino. It is important to me that I support Australian businesses wherever possible and I have chosen my yarn bases not only for their quality but also their place of origin and ecological impact.

Cotton Yarns

My cotton yarn is sourced from Bendigo Woollen Mills, an Australian company. I work with bases in 4 ply (fingering), 8 ply (DK), and 10 ply (worsted) weights. 

All of my cotton yarns are dyed with professional quality fibre reactive dyes. 

Wool Yarns

After much testing and practising, I have recently decided to begin stocking wool yarns. I have chosen to start my wool yarn collection with White Gum Wool for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, as someone who is very sensitive to wool, I am keen to keep Threaded Embrace friendly to those who share my sensitivities but still love fibre arts. White Gum Wool is incredibly soft and I am able to wear it against even the most sensitive areas without any issues. I am not allergic to wool however, simply extremely sensitive. If you have a wool allergy I recommend you stick with a non-wool yarn such as my beautiful cottons.

My second reason for choosing White Gum Wool is that it is owned and run in Tasmania by Nan who cares for her sheep like family. They are treated ethically and given the opportunity to live a full life as part of an intergenerational flock. I prefer to use local and Australian suppliers wherever possible so it's wonderful to have the opportunity to start with such a wonderful base yarn.

I use predominantly professional quality acid dyes (and occasionally fibre reactive colours) with my wool colourways.

Fibre

As with all my yarns, I have chosen fibres for spinning that are suitable for sensitive skin.

White Gum Wool 100% Merino Sliver

This is a 17 micron wool, just like the yarns and it is an absolutely incredible fibre. I've never felt anything so incredibly soft, I have no reaction to the fibre even when held against my neck.

This sliver is a combed top that is gilled to give a worsted alignment. 

Merino/Bamboo

This fibre is 70% Merino/30% Bamboo with the merino being approximately 23 micron.

The bamboo adds a beautiful shimmer to the yarn as it has a natural 'silkiness' and the bamboo remains pure white.

On it's own I do not consider this next to skin soft for my own use but when plied with the sliver I have found it to be not at all itchy when worn against my skin. 

This is a lovely fibre to add some shine to a project without the itch of angelica.

Merino/Silk

This fibre is 80% Merino/20% Tussah Silk with the merino being approximately 23 micron.

The silk takes the dye differently to the merino, providing more intense colours and has a beautiful lustre. I would recommend using this to add a silky sheen to your spinning while retaining the depth of colour.

On it's own I do not consider this next to skin soft for my own use but when plied with the sliver I have found it to be not at all itchy when worn against my skin. 

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