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

By Carol Ekarius, Deborah Robson

This distinct encyclopedia shines a focus on greater than two 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 pictures of every animal’s fleece at each degree of the handcrafting approach, from uncooked to wiped clean, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s guide, go back and forth consultant, and spinning enthusiast’s final reference resource all in one. 

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Those wools dye properly. Fiber guidance and spinning guidance. those are great wools that may be dealt with in a number of methods. while operating with shorter fleeces, it's best to card, yet longer fleeces could be flicked or combed. Spin with average twist to take care of loft and elasticity. Knitting, crocheting, and weaving. very good yarn for hats, mittens, socks, and informal sweaters. The finer fleeces are smooth adequate to be worn subsequent to the outside yet sturdy sufficient for daily put on. most sensible identified for. like any Down wools, being unnecessarily neglected as a fiber source for handspinners. fresh uncooked 2-ply Shorter and crisper than the pattern contrary, yet ready a similar approach for a similar purposes. Shropshire seventy nine Down relatives Suffolk Suffolk evidence FLEECE WEIGHT 4–8 kilos (1. 8–3. 6 kg) STAPLE size 2–3½ inches (5–9 cm) FIBER DIAMETER 25–33 microns (spinning counts 46s–58s) LOCK features Dense, resilient, medium-grade fleeces, with blocky, oblong staples that carry jointly and should be not easy to tell apart from one another. EARLY within the improvement of the Down breeds, Suffolks got here from crossing Southdown rams with old-style Norfolk Horn ewes. They have been a famous breed in 1810. The first documented import to North the United States was once made in 1888 by means of G. B. Streeter, a brand new York farmer who got a few prize breeding animals to start a flock. Suffolks are actually the commonest breed in North the USA, because of their better conversion of feed into meat. simply because Suffolks are grown more often than not for meat, their wool has a tendency to be ignored. It’s often offered for advertisement processing, and hence growers more often than not don’t make the effort wanted throughout the 12 months to provide handspinningquality fleeces. but in case you can find a pleasant Suffolk fleece, it may be a pride to spin and should present you with nice yarn for iciness woollies, simply because it’s cumbersome and has solid insulating houses. eighty half 1 Down kinfolk common colours White. there is a number of black fibers, simply because those breeds have coloured faces, yet any off-color fibers reduce the economic worth of the wool. notice: on the time of our examine, there's a processed fiber bought as “grey Suffolk” that demonstrates few of the features that symbolize Suffolk wool, differing from breed expectancies in size, crimp trend, presence of kemp, and different regards, as well as the anticipated colour. We’ve traced this fiber again as a long way towards its resources as we will be able to and feature no longer been capable of ensure definitively what it truly is. It’s stress-free wool to exploit, however it is totally not like any Suffolk we now have ever obvious or spun or examine. Spinners who use it's going to now not make assumptions approximately Suffolk in accordance with their reports with this fiber. S uf folks y o n M an a r n s f r o m F r es it oulin I sland in h Isle Fiber s Ont ar io Using Suffolk Fiber the entire Down breeds have related utilization guidance. the person fleece or yarn you're comparing may be someplace inside of this breed’s variety, and its person characteristics will advisor your judgements approximately tips on how to use it most sensible.

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