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  • Manx Loaghtan Fleeces

    Manx Loaghtan Fleeces

    These sheep are native to the Isle of Man and can have up to six horns, though generally they have either two or four. They belong to a group of sheep called Northern Short-Tailed and were thought to have been brought here by the Vikings. The Manx Loaghtan fleece will weigh approximately 1.5kg with a staple length of 7-10cm. Close to the roots, it is dark brown, bleaching to a pale coffee shade where it has been in the sun.

    Collection only or by arrangement, please contact parvabrook@aol.com

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  • Portland Fleeces

    Portland Fleeces

    Originally bred on the Isle of Portland, these old tan-faced sheep were here before the Roman invasion. They are stockier in type than the Manx and have two horns. The Portlands have a lovely fleece for the novice spinner with a staple length of 6-9cm. Each creamy, white fleece will weigh approximately 2kg.

    At the time of the Roman invasion there already was a significant local wool trade, often a measure of the prosperity of a community. The advent of dyeing increased the value of white fleeces resulting in selection and cross breeding of sheep. The appearance of the primitive breeds changed, although the colour of face and legs and the presence of coloured kemp remained. A characteristic of more primitive sheep is that their lambs are born with their original colouring.

    These features of the Portland suggest that it is closer to its primitive origins than most breeds. Regardless of their origin, Portland sheep were kept on an island and preserved from many of the influences affecting sheep on the mainland.

    For further information visit the Portland sheep breeders group.

    Unwashed fleeces are available for collection only or by arrangement.

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  • Coloured Ryeland Fleeces

    Coloured Ryeland Fleeces

    This breed has been established since medieval times and it is thought that while the demand was for white fleece, the coloureds were kept by monks to provide wool for their clothing. They are a chunky sheep with a very quiet nature. The fleeces from this sheep provide a wonderful array of texture and colour; a palette which can be extended by blending them.

    Ryeland fleeces were highly prized and known as ‘Leominster Ore’ for their value and quality. They are soft and springy with lots of crimp. The staple length can be 8-10cm and the whole fleece approximately 3kg. The wool from a single fleece can vary from silver grey to almost black providing a lovely finish when hand-spun.

    Collection only or by arrangement, please contact parvabrook@aol.com

    £18.00

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