The general definition of nepps 'hopelessly entangled masses of fibers'. Nepps appear naturally in some spun yarns (tweed) and is more common in certain types of fibers. However, there are two distinguishable types of nepps. Those with plant matter or 'seeds' wrapped in...More Details
The general definition of nepps 'hopelessly entangled masses of fibers'. Nepps appear naturally in some spun yarns (tweed) and is 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. These 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.
Nepps are generally removed and discarded, however they are perfect for use in creating texture in batts and felted pieces. Or dyed and spun into your yarns to create a fun texture and a truly unique creation. We have dyed and undyed options available as well as a sample pack including all.
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Love these!!! I ordered a package of the natural undyed nepps after getting a conefull of nepps in my FOTM subscription box. They get a lot of use in my nuno felted scarf projects. They add a little pop of color or contrast when I sprinkle them singlely or in little clumps on top of or between the layers of fiber. They are a great way to use up that little bit of remaining dye in your dyebath. I just toss a small hand full into the dye bath to collect up the last of the dye, or, if I have a couple teaspoons of stock solution out that can't go back in the bottle, I pour it into an empty baby food jar and fill with nepps. sometimes you need to add water or a bit more dye. Pop it in the microwave covered with plastic wrap for a few minutes and let it cool before rinsing. Dry and save for a later project. Having the little elements like this on hand makes the creativity flow when you get going.
Love this product...bought the natural ones. Was introduced to them when I got some in my Fiber of the Month Box. I use them in my nuno felted scarves to provide a pop of color and texture. Sprinkle them singlely or in clumps. They also are a great way to use the last bit of dye up. I will throw a hand full in the dye bath after removing the fiber when there is some left over. or put the extra stock solution in a baby food jar and stuff in some nepps.