Tiny felted balls of wool! The general definition of nepps is hopelessly entangled masses of fibers. Nepps appear naturally in some spun yarns (tweed) and are more common in certain types of fibers. However, there are two distinguishable types of nepps. Those with plant matter or 'seeds' wrapped in fiber and those of just tangled and slightly felted fiber. Our nepps are free of seeds although some vegetable matter may appear. A vast majority of nepps are caused by handling and processing. Almost any mechanical process can cause the formation of nepps, but the most likely ones include harvesting, ginning, and opening/cleaning in the textile mill. These nepps are Merino Wool and have been dyed an array of beautifully saturated colors.
Nepps are generally removed and discarded, however, they are perfect for use in creating texture in batts and felted pieces. Or spun into your art yarns to create a fun texture and a truly unique finish.
Try dyeing your own colorways using Country Classics Dye and the natural option.
Please note: we've done our best to accurately represent the color of the fibers but the tone and saturation can vary between batches. The colors can also appear differently from screen to screen.
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This fiber was featured in our October 2021 Fiber of the Month Club Package.