The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

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By Carol Ekarius, Deborah Robson

This extraordinary encyclopedia shines a focus on greater than 2 hundred animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a global array of fiber-producers that comes with northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson comprise pictures of every animal’s fleece at each degree of the handcrafting method, from uncooked to wiped clean, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s guide, trip advisor, and spinning enthusiast’s final reference resource all in one. 

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The hot Zealand and Australian breed institutions don’t specify, probably simply because they take “white” without any consideration. Border Leicester wool felts quite good. Bor f r o der L e m T hir t ic est e e e n r ya Mil e r n s Woo ampl e l in M o n c ar d t an a Wool Thirt een Mile rns, additionally fr om ya er st ice Le Border Hand− dye d Bor d er L e ic e ninety half 1 English Longwool kinfolk st er lo c okay s fr om eBay Border Leicester evidence utilizing Border Leicester Fiber FLEECE WEIGHT 8–12 kilos (3. 6–5. four kg) usual, yet most sensible fleece weights may perhaps achieve 20 kilos (9. 1 kg); yield 60– eighty percentage Dyeing. as a result of luster, Border Leicester will take dyes in actual fact and good. STAPLE size four (half-year)–10 (full-year) inches (10–25. five cm); often shorn two times a 12 months FIBER DIAMETERS U. S. 30–38. five microns (spinning counts 36s–50s) U. ok. 29. 25–32 microns (spinning counts 48s–50s) New Zealand 37–40 microns (spinning counts 36s–40s) Australia White, 34–38 microns (spinning counts 40s–46s); coloured, 32–34 microns (spinning counts 44s–46s) LOCK features Tight curls and luster, now not as overtly wavy as Leicester Longwool nor as narrow as Bluefaced Leicester, even if Border Leicesters even have the purling attribute. The locks are separately specified, and their information lead to captivating curls. common shades White; breed institutions in North the USA enable registration of natural-colored animals, frequently blacks and grays. Fiber education and spinning counsel. Like different longwools, Border Leicester loves to be spun from the lock, picked and spun, combed, or flicked. it may be spun delicate and glossy, to supply a attribute buffed-looking gleam within the entire yarn. whilst, its crisp hand and the fiber size lend themselves to novelty-yarn remedies, the place the shine is downplayed in desire of the fiber’s different characteristics. Knitting, crocheting, and weaving. The size and fiber diameters make this a very good wool for family textiles (like pillows or upholstery fabric), luggage (which must be sturdy and likewise cozy to carry), and so forth. Finer fleeces make hard-wearing and cozy daily clothing like sweaters, mittens, hats, and socks. top recognized for. A pleasant, reliable wool, Border Leicester is less complicated to arrange and spin than either Bluefaced Leicester (which is finer and trickier) and Leicester Longwool (which is longer and a section tougher to manage). it may be a workhorse for developing materials with any cloth approach. Border Leicester ninety one English Longwool kin Leicester Longwool Conservation Breed AT ONE TIME the Leicester Longwool used to be the most typical breed in England. no longer so at the present time — the breed is severely endangered — and it’s a treasure we definitely are looking to hold alive. within the British Isles, there are just round 400 breeding ewes. Leicester Longwools turned extinct within the usa in the course of the Nineteen Thirties and ’40s, and there have been just a handful left at the moment in Canada. within the Eighties, the Colonial Williamsburg starting place started slowly operating to reestablish the breed in North the US and in 1990 imported a starting place flock from Australia to place extra muscle in the back of its efforts.

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