Punta Arenas Wool Top Braid (GPAHP1) ~ Hand Painted by FairyTailSpun Fiber
We have 1 in stock.
In collaboration with Fairytailspun Fiber . . . Beautifully hand painted ~ ready to spin!
Please Note: These are shipped from our new Central California location.
Our newest breed to try out this summer is a fun Chilean fiber. This fiber takes to dye very well and shows in the photos with the rich deep colors. Micron count is a nice 24-26 count and has a next to skin soft feel. There is a loftier feel to this wool comparing to a similar Merino and the staple length is 4 meters per 100 grams in length. Punta Arenas Wool is a cross breed from Merino, so it does have similar features to a Merino of the same micron but has also been described as having a thicker feel to the top with more loft.
A little about where the fiber is from: Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile's southern most Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it's often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. This area produces some lovely, fine wool that we are delighted to have found. It seems that sheep were brought to the Straits of Magellan by Chilean governor Diego Dublé Almeyda in 1876, who travelled specifically for that purpose to Europe. During the last three decades, specific strains of Dohne Merino have been introduced successfully in the region, along with other Merino lines, which resulted in the fineness of this Chilean wool.
Micron Count is: 24-26 it is a soft wool with a lofty soft feel to it. Staple is 4 meters per 100 grams in length. Each braid is at 4 oz total weight and has been hand painted with several different colors for a multicolor spinning experience.