About our Yarns

I am quite sensitive to most wool and animal fibres which has led to Threaded Embrace choosing to work only with yarn/fibre that I find to be next to skin soft for my own skin. In most cases for merino this equates to less than 21 microns for commercially spun yarn but different bases will produce different effects and when using hand spun yarn I tend to find I can tolerate slightly higher micron fibre, particularly if it is plied with a finer fibre. 

 

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

The main supplier of my wool yarns is White Gum Wool which I have chosen 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 am also now stocking two new bases;

Embrace Lace which is an 80% extra fine merino/20% silk laceweight yarn. This yarn has a yardage of 800m per 100g skein.

Cloud Embrace is a fluffy yarn which can be used as a mohair replacement for those, like me, who are unable to wear mohair but still want the joy of the gorgeous halo. This yarn is 74% Baby Suri Alpaca/26% Mulberry Silk and really is divine. It is sold in 50g skeins with each containing around 300m of 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. My fibre bases are sourced either from White Gum Wool or from Fibre Arts Shed which are both Australian small businesses who contribute to the vitality of our local fibre industry.

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 22 micron.

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

I find this fibre to be at the upper end of micron count to be next to skin soft, however I have been extremely happy with the softness when plied with the White Gum Wool sliver. 

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% Mulberry Silk with the merino being approximately 18 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. 

Merino/Tencel

This fibre is 80% Merino/30% Tencel with the merino being approximately 22 micron.

The tencel in this fibre is similar in nature to the bamboo but is slightly airier and the strands separate more than the bamboo. There is a subtle sheen created by the tencel fibre which makes for thoroughly enjoyable spinning.

I find this fibre to be at the upper end of micron count to be next to skin soft, however I have been extremely happy with the softness when plied with the White Gum Wool sliver. 

Llama Love

This is a really interesting blend containing Llama/Whitefaced Woodland/Ramie/Bamboo. It is beautiful to spin with a very easy draft. It dyes up quite differently to my other bases with the colours blending together more across the braid.

Premium Blends

On occasion I will have some premium blends available. These vary with what is available from my suppliers but I have previously stocked;

Baby Camel/Silk

Alpaca/Silk

Mulberry Silk

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