Tour de Fleece ~ Day 2/Stage 2 Update

This weekend we actually stayed home as it was too hot to really get out and to much.  I started spinning my Whiteface Woodland.  At first I really found this fiber to be very “scratchy” and not soft at all.  However, like my Gotland, the more I spun, the more it became soft.

Here’s a reminder of what this breed is all about….

The Whitefaced Woodland is a sheep breed from the Woodlands of Hope an area in the South Pennines in England. It is a combination of two breeds, the Woodland and the Penistone sheep after the Yorkshire town where sheep sales have been held since 1699. It is thought to be closely related to the Swaledale and the LonkSubstantial commercial flocks of the Whitefaced Woodland are kept in its region of origin, but it is listed as a vulnerable breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, since there are fewer than 900 registered breeding females in Great Britain.

2 oz of Whiteface Woodland
I started spinning this wool on Saturday, the beginning of Tour de Fleece, and finished it up yesterday afternoon.I spun worsted (short draw method) and chained plied my finished spinning.  I ended up with 64 yards of heavy fingering weight to sport weight.  I’m quite pleased with this result as my goal was at least 50 yards!

This finished skein is squishy looking but not quite as soft as the Polwarth I finished earlier.  I did find the longer staple length (typically 3″ to 8″) easier to draft and spin.  After reading more about this breed in the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook,  it appears that this finished fiber is excellent for rugs, bags, ropes and very day garments.   By the way, if you are a spinner and do not own this book, it’s a must for your library!!!

From the publisher of Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook:  This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.
So are you joining in the spinning fun for Tour de Fleece?
Until next time ~ happy spinning

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