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All orders are shipped via Canada Post with tracking. Delivery times depend on current shipping volumes, and in the case of US or international orders, on customs. 

 

FIBRE PREPARATION: also know as: what's the difference between roving, combed top, pindrafted roving, etc?

How your fibre is prepared makes a big difference to your end product! Here's a list of the types of prepared fibre we carry, but if you have a specific question about the best fibre preparation to use for your project, please get in touch!

Roving: roving is a carded preparation, meaning it has passed through a series of rollers with teeth that align the fibre in a regular but unorganized manner. Roving can be spun woolen (for a true woolen yarn) or worsted (for a semi-woolen yarn), and can be used for felting as well. However, roving will always been more inconsistent in diameter (and thinner in diameter than combed top) and will contain nepps, noils, and more vegetable matter than other types of fibre preparation.

Pindrafted Roving: has been taken one step farther than roving. After being carded, it passes through a pindrafter, which has a series of moving comb-like pins that aligns the fibre, removes more of the nepps, noils, and vegetable matter. It tends to be thicker in diameter than roving and more consistent, but not as consistent as combed top. Pindrafted roving is my favourite type of commercial preparation to spin, and yields a semi-worsted or semi-woolen yarn, depending on how the pindrafted roving is spun. I often use the abbreviation "p/d" on my fibre tags to indicate pindrafted roving. It can also be used for felting and other fibre crafts.

Combed top: commercial prepared combed top has been pindrafted, and then put through a comber, where the fibre is straightened, aligned, steam, and most of the imperfections and vegetable removed. It tends to be the thickest in diameter (although that can vary from mill to mill) and is the fibre preparation that yields a worsted spun yarn. Felters and macra-weavers should note that what is often referred to as "roving" in their crafts is actually combed top - if you order roving from a small batch or mill, you'll likely not what you were hoping for! It's best to get in the habit of using the correct terms for your fibre, so that you can make sure you've got what you need for your project.

There are other types of fibre preparations, such as batts, rolags, punis, faux-lags, and pencil roving, and I've discussed these in Episode 4 of the FibreWorks podcast!

WHOLESALE ORDERS TO LOCAL YARN STORES: Yes, we do take wholesale orders to local yarn stores! To learn more about our wholesale program, please contact us via email. Please note that only select yarns and fibre are part of the wholesale program, that there is a minimum of four skeins per colourway, and that a 50% deposit is required at the time the purchase order is placed. Generally, wholesale orders are ready to be shipped between 8 and 10 weeks from date of order, but that time does vary depending on current workload. 

WHOLESALE TO ONLINE SHOPS: Wholesale orders to online shops are not available at this time.

WHOLESALE ORDERS TO INDEPENDENT DYERS: We are currently working on a program to wholesale yarns and fibre to independent dyers, and will post about it as soon as it's available!

YARN SUPPORT FOR KNITTING PATTERN DESIGNERS: Yarn support for knitting pattern designers is available, usually in the form of a discount on yarns. Please send us an email with a design proposal, and we'll set up a time to chat!

 

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