Natural Color WOOL - 4 oz. Roving

Natural Color WOOL - 4 oz. Roving

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Ready to spin wool roving. AKA Sliver.  Sold in increments of 4 ounces.  It is unwound off a large bump to weight ordered.  Spin or Felt as is or hand dye to your special shade.   All Ashland Bay selections are combed top. 

Listed below includes wool from minor or primitive breeds of sheep.

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Perendale wool. Natural White Micron 28-35, Staple length approx. 5 inches. Natural white. A good all purpose wool, strong but light in weight for knitting and weaving.     Sourced: Ashford

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Romney Natural White
Micron 31-38, Staple length approx. 6 inches. The most versatile fleece with even crimp and noticeable luster for all purposes.   Sourced:   Ashford

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Gotland Grey   This wool is from the Gotland Island, Sweden.
Wool is 35 microns, 6½ inch staple length.  Lustrous, beautiful silvery shiny top. Felts fast and easy!   The breed was first established on the Swedish island of Gotland by the Vikings with Karakul and Romanov sheep brought back from expeditions deep into Russia and crossed with the native landrace sheep.   Combed Top.   Sourced: Ashland Bay Trading.

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Brown Jacob Jacob sheep AKA spotted sheep. The brown select Jacob wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color. The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.

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English Herdwick Sheep's wool has a subtle varying shades of grey prized in grey tweeds, knitwear and hand knitting wools, which are hard wearing, non-fading and completely natural.  Sourced: Ashford

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Polwarth Wool Natural White  wool from the Polwarth Sheep. 23-25 micron (58-60's count), with excellent length (4.5-5 inches) and crimp.  Easy to spin with longer staple length.  Definitely next to skin softness. Noted for its elasticity, durability it is still considered a delicate fiber with bounce and drape.  Breed is from the crossing of Saxon Merino rams and Lincoln ewes.   Combed Top.   Sourced: Ashland Bay Trading.

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Swaledale, primitive breed English wool breed. 30's to low 40's.  Light grey with nice black and white kemp gives this wool interest. Ideal for outer wear, tapestries or rug yarns.   Sourced: Ashford

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Welsh Top  Dark Brown Natural Color.
Quite Soft for a Primitive sheep breed. Crimpy, Lofty! Staple length approx 4-5". Easy to spin! Ready to spin roving or use in felting projects.   Sourced: Ashford

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Natural Color Corriedale Wool - Micron 27-30.  Natural colors available in:  light grey,  medium grey and dark grey.   Staple length approx. 4.5 inches. 

Corriedale wool has a defined, even crimp and is smooth and easy to spin or felt. You can spin a fine to medium woolen or semi-worsted yarn. Corriedale will bulk after washing and has good elasticity. It is ideal woven, knitted or crocheted.   Handwashable.  Lay flat to dry.  

Corriedale wool fibers Felt well.   Whether you are making traditional "wet-rubbed" felt or dry felting using a felting needle.  Sourced Ashford.

Weights measured are approximate.  I use a electronic digital scale that weighs to one tenth of one ounce.   Due to humidity or the limits of my scale the weight could vary more or less.  

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Ashford fibers are from New Zealand sheep. Wool from pasture-fed Corriedale sheep. New Zealand shepherds take great pride in the quality of their wool and the high standard of animal husbandry. The sheep are well cared for and are not mulesed. After the sheep are shorn, on the farm, the wool is carefully skirted and checked. Only wool that is sound, clean with good fiber length is selected. It is scoured (washed) using an environmentally-friendly, biodegradable detergent.  The fiber is then gently opened and conditioned. Carding machines align the fibers and remove any foreign matter. It is then gilled and combed.