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  • John Arbon Textiles Appledore Wool Tops - Spinning Fiber

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    John Arbon's combed tops are some of the most delightful fiber I've had the pleasure to spin! They're smooth with the exact right amount of grip so that they make for a joyful spinning experience for both new and experienced spinners.

    We decided to add Appledore as the first addition from John Arbon's wool top ranges to our shop as it has an incredible origin story: All the fiber in Appledore is sourced from within 20 miles of the John Arbon mill in North Devon. The blend consists of Devon Closewool, a moorland sheep breed with lots of grip, Romney for its telltale lustre, and Exmoor Blueface for lots of bounce.

    The colorways are inspired by traditional tweed textiles, and while some of them look a little wild in the combed top, they spin up into beautifully heathered yarn. Oh, and just in case you were wondering about the colorway names: They are all apple varieties!

    If you are curious, check out our blog posts about the difference between wool tops, batts, and rolags and what to make with hand-spun yarn. And if you are new to spinning, how about how to get started with spinning?

    • 40% Devon Closewool, 40% Romney, 20% Exmoor Blueface, sourced within 20 miles of the mill
    • 100g / 3.53oz of fiber per braid
    • Non-superwash & plastic-free

    • Consists of 100% British sheep breeds (Devon Closewool, Exmoor Blueface, Romney), sourced within 20 miles of the John Arbon mill in North Devon, UK
    • Processed inhouse on vintage machinery by a women-led team
    • Non-superwash
    • Plastic-free
    • Fiber origin: United Kingdom

    We're always excited to talk yarn and knitting and answer any questions you might have!

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