Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners

Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners

The goal of our Guild is to promote Fibre Arts through sharing knowledge with each other and encouraging interest in our crafts throughout the community.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Rare Sheep Breeds Presentation



 The DCWS were pleased to have Mary Paddon and Cheryl Huseby give a presentation on Rare Sheep Breeds to our Guild members.  Mary brought along her 'well marinated' stash and was able to show us examples of fleece, rovings and spun yarns from various breeds of rare short-tailed sheep.
We had a mini history lesson on the origins of several rare breeds including:  North Ronaldsay; Manx Loaghten; Heberdian; Icelandic; Gotlands; and Shetland.

Cheryl touched on some on the English long wool breeds, which produce a stronger, and sometimes courser fleece.  These include Blue-Faced Leicester; Cortswold; Romney; Wensleydale and Lincoln long wool.

Both Mary and Cheryl support the conservation of Rare Breeds of sheep.  We are fortunate to have local breeders producing fleece from some of these rare breeds. They encouraged the spinners in our group to purchase fleeces to keep this endeavour viable for local breeders.

During the presentation books were passed around showing pictures of the various sheep. We were delighted to be able to see and feel the actual fleece from some of these rare breeds.  Such a variety of natural colours.

Short-Tails
North Ronaldsay
Gotlands (spun shows lustre)

Heberdian (Black Fleece Only)
Manx Loaghten (Mousey Brown)


Icelandic (Good variety of colours)
Here comes the Shetland


Pure white after washing 


Long Wools
Cotswold
JoAnne has a love affair with BlueFaced Leicester





Wesnsleydale















Romney for sale