Details About Our Popular Blends

Hi! Hello. We're trying something new here at Created by Elsie B - primarily dyed to order semi-solids. Our aim with this is to make all our developed tonal colorways easily accessible for your fiber needs; even if they aren't already dyed, labeled, and sitting on a shelf. 
You've got 3 different listings to choose from: 100% Wool, Popular Blended Fibers, & Custom Blended Fibers. This blog post details the Popular Blended fiber bases. 
I mention this in the listing itself, but turn around time for these dyed to order fibers is currently 3 weeks; that time will vary depending on a variety of factors, but that's the baseline estimate & we'll be in contact after your order is placed in the event we'll need to extend your ship-by date. 
Now on to the fiber bases: 

Alpaca/ Silk 
50% Alpaca, 50% Tussah Silk 
Alpaca is considered to be a luxury fibre. The Alpaca is a camelid (related to camels) like the Llama. It produces a fairly fine, soft fibre that has been used for centuries in woven fabrics and vast amounts were imported to Europe for use in suiting. The main producing area are the mountainous South American  countries of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, but animals have been successfully bred more recently in other countries, on a smaller scale. 
• Alpaca micron count: 24-26 
• Tussah silk micron count: 26-36 
• Rated as next-to-skin for most  

 

BFL/ Silk 
70% Blue Faced Leicester, 30% Tussah Silk 
The length of BFL paired with the strength of silk? Perfection! Both these fibers have a pretty shimmer so it makes the dyes shine. Tussah Silk is a wild silk. Made from wild tussah silk worms who eat juniper leaves and oak. As the silk is produced in the wild and not in a controlled environment the silk tends to be courser and less lustrous than Mulberry silk and a lot of spinners like the added texture it gives. 
• BFL micron count: 25-27 
• Silk micron count: 26-36 
• Next to skin for most 
• Beginner friendly, in that if you're determined to spin a wool/silk blend, start here. Otherwise, more Intermediate friendly.  

 

BFL/ Seacell 
70% Blue Faced Leicester, 30% Seacell  
Similar in feel to Mulberry Silk, Seacell is a viscose fiber made from seaweed & it's honestly one of my favorites to add to blends. Because Seacell doesn't take on the dyes we use, it remains white and creates these beautiful streaks that blend into the finished project for the perfect amount of contrast. 
• BFL micron count: 25-27 
• Seacell micron count: 18-20 
• Next to skin for most 
• Intermediate friendly 

 

 

BFL/ Firestar 
70% Blue Faced Leicester, 30% Firestar 
Subtle sparkle is what Firestar Nylon adds to any blend. It arrives to my shop white and takes on the dyes we're throwing, but differently than the wool it's paired with, it's so fun! 
• BFL micron count: 25-27 
• Firestar doesn't have a micron count 
• Next to skin for most 
• Beginner friendly - the Firestar is has a 'grippy-ness' to it that's similar to BFL & thus is easy to spin. 

 

 

Merino/ Bamboo/ Silk 
60% Merino, 20% Bamboo, 20% Silk 
This blend is a soft classic - the wool paired with the viscose bamboo & the shimmery silk gives it added strength and texture. As usual, the bamboo will remain white & the silk will take the dye on differently than the Merino. 
• Merino micron count: 21 
• Bamboo micron count: 19 
• Silk micron count: 10-13 (Mulberry), or 26-36 (Tussah) 
• Next-to-skin 
• Best for the Intermediate/Experienced spinner 

 

Merino/ Tencel 
50% Merino, 50% Tencel 
The high percentage of Tencel (a viscose fiber made from trees) gives it a really sleek finish & gives the prettiest drape. Because the tencel is well blended into the Merino there aren't noticeable white streaks, and a more general shimmer. 
• Merino micron count: 21 
• Tencel micron count: 19  
• Next-to-skin in concept- would recommend more for outerwear, personally. 
• Best for the Intermediate/Experienced spinner 

 

Organic Polwarth/ Silk 
80% Organic Polwarth, 20% Cultivated Silk 
The Polwarth sheep was developed in Australia by breeding Merino rams to Lincoln/Merino ewes so the foundation stock is 75% Merino/25% Lincoln. The Polwarth sheep were developed to make a dual purpose sheep with a finer wool that would contribute a more significant portion of the ranchers income. Sourced from the Falkland Islands & processed in the UK. 
• Polwarth micron count: 22-25
• Silk micron count: 10-13
• Next-to-skin 
• Intermediate friendly 

 

Polwarth/ Silk 
85% Polwarth, 15% Silk 
Polwarth sheep were bred in Australia in 1880. The foundation stock, 75% Merino/25% Lincoln, came about by breeding Merino rams to Lincoln/Merino ewes. This breeding was meant to develop a hardy sheep with finer wool that could withstand areas of higher rainfall and colder temperatures, for a truly dual-purpose sheep. This breed is now found in Australia, New Zealand and Falkland Islands. This wool has good bulk, and is very soft and silky. Pairing it with silk makes for a hint of luxury added to this classic wool. 
• Polwarth micron count: 22-25 
• Silk micron count: 10-13 (Mulberry), or 26-36 (Tussah) 
• Next-to-skin  
• Beginner friendly  

 

Superwash Merino/ Bamboo/ Nylon 
60% Superwash Merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon  
Affectionately nicknamed 'Panda' by our supplier, this blend is perfection for classic socks + high-wear items. Superwash Merino resists felting & with the added strength of the Bamboo with the bounce of the Nylon, this blend always makes the colors pop. 
• Merino micron count: 21 
• Bamboo micron count: 19 
• Nylon doesn't have a micron count 
• Next-to-skin
• Best for the Intermediate/Experienced spinner

 

Superfine Merino/ Silk 
70% 18.5m Merino, 30% Mulberry Silk 
Super soft wool with super soft silk? What a treat!  Because the silk takes the dyes differently than the wool, it gives these hints of vivid color against the more muted soft Merino. 
• Merino micron count: 18.5
• Silk micron count: 10-13 
• Next-to-skin 
• Intermediate spinner appropriate 

 

Targhee/ Bamboo/ Silk 
80% Targhee, 10% Bamboo, 10% Silk 
This blend is delicious (and can you tell that wool/bamboo/silk blends are classics?) with just a hint of Bamboo & Silk, it adds visual texture to the finished project. 
• Targhee micron count: 23 
• Bamboo micron count: 19
• Silk micron count: 26-36 
• Next-to-skin 
• Beginner friendly 

 

LeAndra Baker

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