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.