Cotswold *Developed in C19* by crossing leicester rams with breeds native to the Cotswolds area. The fleece is carried in thick locks of 20-25 cm and has historically be woven into blankets and rugs. It felts readily. No longer the Cotswold breed of the Middleages! Unsuitable for both Medieval and 17th C spinning.
Soay This short-tailed primitive sheep from the Hebridean Island of Soay is considered st risk by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The very fine fleece is naturally cast in the wild and of a light moorit or fawn colour. Staple length 5-15 cm; Bradford count 44-50; and fleece weight 1.5-2.25 Kg (3-5 lb). Suitable for both Medieval and 17C?
The Zwartbles are relatively large sheep: ewes weigh an average of 85 kg (190 lb), and rams 100 kg (220 lb). The dense fleece ranges from black to brown with sun bleached tips, some silvering maybe present in older animals. The wool is medium to fine with excellent crimp and fibre length, a Bradford count of 54-56 and a micron count of 27 making it popular for spinning and felting
Breeds of Livestock - Wiltshire Horn Sheep — Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science WOOL SHEEP THAT SHEDS ITSELF NATURALLY, SHOULD WORM, SMALL LAMBS, BIG BONES, BIG MEAT, SLOW GROWER, W ST CROIX (GOLDEN CROSS) 50LBS
The fine, creamy fleece is much sought after by handspinners. Lambs are born with a foxy-red coat which changes in the first few months to a creamy white though some red kemp fibres may be found on the britch. The wool is of good quality with a fibre length of 6-9 cm. They produce 2–3 kg. of 50's–60's down-quality wool with a staple length of 6–9 cm (2.5–3.5 in), which is suitable for hosiery and hand-knitting yarns.