By Carol Ekarius, Deborah Robson
This exclusive encyclopedia shines a focus on greater than 2 hundred animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a global array of fiber-producers that incorporates northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson contain images of every animal’s fleece at each degree of the handcrafting technique, from uncooked to wiped clean, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s guide, trip consultant, and spinning enthusiast’s final reference resource all in one.
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Over centuries, the diﬀerences among the 2 breeds lowered, so in 1977 breeders mixed their registries to shape the Devon and Cornwall Longwool organization. The Devon and Cornwall Longwools haven't had introductions of latest bloodlines because the early years, in order that they are thought of a bit primitive. they're raised as dual-purpose animals, generating either meat and ﬁber. Their wool offers new aspiring to the notice gigantic. It’s like a Cotswold’s or Lincoln’s massive brother: this sort of ﬁber you’d are looking to have round for cover at the playground. lengthy, glossy, and robust, it calls for a gentle hand of the spinner and rewards the knitter, crocheter, weaver, or different artisan with heft, drape, and presence. Felters will ﬁnd it an appropriate selection. even supposing the grownup wool is classified as a carpet variety, the lambs are typically shorn at six months; that wool is sort of ﬁne and will be used for next-tothe-skin initiatives. 104 half 1 English Longwool relations 2-ply singles Devon and Cornwall Longwool evidence FLEECE WEIGHT 13–22 kilos (6–10 kg) for ewes, 26 kilos (12 kg) for rams, with a few ﬂeeces as huge as 44 pounds (20 kg) STAPLE size 8–12 inches (20. 5–30. five cm) generally, occasionally as much as 18 inches (45. five cm) FIBER DIAMETERS 36–40 microns or extra (spinning counts 32s–40s) either samples have been ready on peasant combs and required a few extra humidity to manage the flyaway traits. That two-ply desires to be an outstanding rug warp! fresh LOCK features vintage longwool lock shape: lengthy and wavy with curly, pointed assistance. average shades White. utilizing Devon and Cornwall Longwool Fiber Dyeing. The ﬂeece will take colours in actual fact and brightly as a result luster. Fiber training and spinning tips. Spin from the lock, decide and spin, or comb with reliable combs that experience generally spaced the teeth; be cautious to not overload the combs, after which perform taking very lengthy strokes. The ﬁbers are slippery, but if drafting, maintain your fingers farther aside than a staple size so the ﬁbers will slip prior one another; you don’t are looking to be preserving either ends of a similar set of ﬁbers. The ﬁber can also be ﬂyaway, or tend to be difﬁcult to regulate, in low humidity. uncooked Devon and Cornwall Longwool Knitting, crocheting, and weaving. The ﬂeece is acceptable to be used easily as locks, or for weaving (plenty powerful for warps of all kinds), or to knit or crochet whatever strong. a superb glossy rug yarn, and in addition probably for tapestries, even supposing no longer too forgiving if the sett (or the spacing of the warp threads) is off a piece. most sensible recognized for. significant, powerful, lustrous, curly ﬂeeces. Devon and Cornwall Longwool one zero five English Longwool relations Lincoln Longwool Conservation Breed THE local SHEEP of Lincolnshire developed from the time while the Roman Empire prolonged its achieve to the east coast of britain. those local Lincoln sheep have been tall, with lengthy, coarse ﬂeeces, yet they have been additionally skinny animals that didn’t offer sturdy meat. Robert Bakewell (see web page 86) used many of the local Lincolnshire sheep to advance the Leicester Longwool.