Wool nepps are tangled knots composed of short wool fibers. These fibers come from second cuts that happen during sheep shearing. They would have been wasted, but luckily they can be used in wet felting and yarn spinning. In the form of nepps, they add some colors and texture to handmade felt and art yarns. Because of their spherical shape, lightness and variety of colors, wool nepps look like a colorful snow.
These small woollen knots are shaggy enough to integrate with long wool fibers during wet felting process. However, the connection between these two materials is not very strong. This is why some of the nepps may fall off over time, just like it happens with glitter and sequins decorating other fabrics. If you want them to stay for longer, you need to take a good care about your felted accessories and use them gently.
Regardless of their ephemerality, wool nepps – just like snowflakes – are simply beautiful and it is worth to look at them even for a short time.