Free fleece

A very nice breeder called Tim has gifted me fleece from his rare breed Portland sheep. Tim keeps the sheep to cross graze with his horses but knows little about what this wool would be useful for. Rather than waste the fleece it’s been passed to me to try and find homes for it and to feed back to Tim what we think of it for spinning and felt making.

There are 12 black sacks of fleece available on a first come first served basis. So stake your claim now. Here’s a little more information.

Lots of lanolin. A little more straw in with some of it then we’d like but it’s been near the stables and some hay was dropped on it. Otherwise not too bad in the main.

I pulled some fibres out from various sections and the staple length is 3″.

It had 2 washes and 2 rinses, a quick spin in the machine and out to dry. It’s cleaned up quite well and was easy to card on hand carders.

I needed to add a little more soap for felting and it’s not a bad felter but it won’t be a favourite with me because it’s still a little stretchy and to felt it any further I would lose all detail. I do like solid well felted wool so this isn’t the one for me but would be suitable for softer projects like pictures. I have no idea how well it would spin but for the staple length, it’s quite a soft wool.

If you’d like to take a bag of unwashed raw fleece just drop me an email or give me a call. All I ask in return is that you tell me what you do with the fleece and how well or otherwise, it suited your purpose. I’d like to pass this on to Tim so he has more of an idea if it has a commercial value. If it turns out that it’s great for spinning or felting and you’d like more next year I’d be happy to put you in touch with the breeder.


8 Replies to “Free fleece”

  1. Do you wash fleece in your washing machine??? You may have revolutionized my world! Doesn’t it felt? Do you put it inside of a bag or just wash it loose? I wash fleece outdoors in one of those giant buckets on wheels used for mopping floors in industrial buildings. That may be why I have a bunch of fleeces that need to be cleaned and carded…

  2. Hi Elizabeth, No I don’t wash it in the machine and usually I just hang it over the line to drip dry outside which it does quite quickly. At this time of year that doesn’t work very well so after I’ve washed it I’ve put it in a pillowcase and given it a quick SPIN ONLY before hanging it inside to dry. It seems to work quite well. Washing I’m afraid
    is done either in lots of bowls or on rare occasions, in the bath. 🙂

  3. hi angela, i’m just starting to experiment with breeds other than merino (so far: shetland, jacob, falkland and something norwegian that i can’t remember the name of) so this would be great for some practice and i’d be really happy to give feedback and pics on a variety of items that i have in mind to try. if you have enough left, i could collect next weekend (which i’m really looking forward to – a whole day of playing!) :)x

  4. I’m looking for some different wool to spin dye and knit with children, it is soo nice to have the picture ” who is the sheep of my wool scarf ” ?. so ..a bag for me ,please.

  5. yaaay! thanks 🙂 can’t wait to start experimenting :)x

    i LOVE your heart wreath – now i know what to do with those wee pieces of felt i’ve been keeping ‘just in case’

  6. Oh, I knew the washer was too good to be true. I’ll keep using my bucket on wheels. The fortunate thing about our hot, dry climate is wet wool dries very quickly.

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