16 October, 2009

Fibre Breeds: More Sheep

Navajo Churro sheep, which are acclimated to hot climates and produce strong, slightly stiff wool that goes into the rugs for which the Navajo are renowned:



Cormo sheep, which produce a springy wool:



Icelandic sheep, which are acclimated to cold climates and produce a wool with a long hair coat and a downy undercoat:

2 comments:

  1. Hi Kristen,
    Found your nice blog while surfing the 'net on a rainy Oregon Saturday.

    Here's a little bit more info. about Navajo-Churro sheep wool... It comes in a wide range of natural colors, is classified as coarse and is dual coated, with a soft downy inner coat and a longer guard-hair like outer coat. A correct Navajo-Churro fleece will be open and locky with no defined crimp and wile it has a low grease content, it should be lustrous with a silky hand. Best of all it spins up beautifully :)

    Another interesting breed from a spinner's standpoint is the Jacob Sheep, which has a springy, open, multi-colored, medium fleece. It's also a lot of fun to spin.

    Okay I'll admit to bias since we raise both breeds...
    Take care,
    Karen

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  2. thanks for the information, Karen! Jacob wool is on my "spin someday" list. Glad you like the blog.

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