When making blends or combing tops on machinery the wools can sometimes get stuck, fall off, or "lap" themselves around the drums. These then have to be cleared and are put into a big bag, so making Laps.
The wool itself is clean and suitable for using just like any other of our fibres, they're just the odds and ends that we don't have any other use for. We do card some of them into mixes on our big carder.
We do not include any synthetics. Images are for display only. Photo is the open pile of laps.
*Is this waste fibre?
Laps are often described as wastes, though the term doesn't really transfer well: When blending hundreds of kilos of fibres at a time, then the 2 foot of wool tops that didn't go through the machinery are, to us, waste. It's these bits that are put together to make up the laps, so to a home spinner or felter it's just like getting a mixed bag of wools. It is clean and safe to use just like any of our other fibre.