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Spinning Jacob Wool – one fleece, many colors »
InstructionsI was fortunate to be able to attain fleece from Jacobs that had been bred for next-to-the-skin softness. I prefer getting whole, well-skirted fleeces. That way I can do my own sorting beforehand to not only keep the grades of wool separate (e.g. setting aside the softest from the neck area), but to also keep the colors distinct. I do this before washing. Then I pick and card the washed wool, ...
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Type of item: Functional
Style: Traditional, Classic
Jacob Sheep wool
What was your inspiration?
Jacob sheep are small, multi-horned animals somewhat resembling goats. I love their spotted colors because of the fun Ive had with their wool fleeces. From just one Jacob Sheep fleece, I can create a palette of tones from light to dark.
What are you most proud of?
I lay strips of light to dark on the carding cloth of a drum carder. For producing a 2-ply yarn, I need 2 batts for each resulting color-graduated skein of yarn. I make each batt as identical as possible in both total amount of fiber and amount of each color.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I spin a singles from end-to-end of one of the rolled batts, then spin another as-identical-as-possible singles from the other rolled batt. It doesnt really matter whether you spin light to dark, or dark to light just do the same for both batts. Now, ply the 2 singles together so that the colors basically align.