WILD AND WONDERFUL
COTSWOLD CURLS
MOHAIR CURLS AND ROVING
and  LONG WOOLS!!
The wonderful Cotswold Breed produces fantastic curly fleeces.
Often called the "poor man's Mohair", this fleece need not take a back seat to any mohair.  The lamb curls are soft and comparable to the kid mohair and the long
curly locks compare to the locks from the larger breeds of Angora Goats.  
Some will be from Longwool Crossbred Sheep and will be long and wavy rather than tighter curls.  
The Longwool breeds might be a combination of one or more of Cotswold,  Lincoln, Karakul, Border Leicester, or Merino.

Major Disclaimer!!!    Please Read All information before purchasing!!
I will no longer be buying farm run Cotswold and other long wool Fleeces. When what
I have on hand is gone....there will be no more sold by Carl and Myself.  There will be
a source for the natural colors from Gary Cirbo.... posting a number for them.  
Top Quality fleece.....   
Gary and Terri Cirbo  (308-215-8996}  
They are located at Firestone, CO.
Gary and Terri have some beautiful fleeces...He told me today.11/20/17 that he had just measured a
white cotswold lamb, 6 months old, and fleece length of 6"....and about 6 months more for the
wool to grow.....they have excellent sheep....I have some I have saved for personal use.
This fiber sometimes has hay, grasses, feed or pasture items in the fleece.  they shake/pick the fleece to get out
as much extra trash as they can but if
it offends you to find Vegetable Matter in the wool, don't order this.   
We don't want you disappointed, and we don't want to you to pay more postage to return or exchange it.

I  have mostly the longer curly locks and some of the short extra curly locks.  These will make a fine strong roving when carded and we use it  for our Fleecewoven
Rugs.   These shiny curls are excellent for needlefelting.  Anymore, most of the fleece is from Cotswold crossbreeds.  
I dye my fleeces generally using Jacquard Acid Dyes.  This produces a long lasting brilliant color in the fiber.  Bear in mind that I am a free handed dyer.  I do not
try for a completely solid color....and on occasion may have several colors showing up in the locks...I dye a fleece at a time, I do not dye one lock at a time.
Usually the curls can be easily pulled apart for use as single locks, but sometimes the fleece comes off the sheep, semi felted on the skin side, etc.   More tugging
or even occasionally some snipping with a scissors to get the individual locks loose..  
Farm run flocks tend to get a bit felted as the year goes on.  
Then you have
Dyed Fleece!!

Dyed Fleece will be curls and wool that have felted on the sheep for a variety of reason, the most common is too long
between shearing, rainy hot weather, etc.  It usually shears off the sheep in one large matted fleece, or felted if you will..it
can sometimes be pulled free, but more likely needs to be snipped into whatever piece you want....excellent for heavy
needlefelting.  A rainy season along with the movement of the sheep causes the felting or matting of the skin side of the
fleece.  Since I buy by the fleece, and take all the grower has available, I get both some loose lock fleeces, and the larger
felted on the back type fleeces.
Pricing for the Cotswold  Curls..from The Sheep Shed Studio...still listed and ready to ship   
  
 $17.50 lb. for the Dyed Fleece and/or Curls, until they are gone....
$8.50 lb. for the raw curls....until they are gone..
asst. dark tones..only!!!
Your dyed pound will a mixture of many colors   The photos below are of some of the colors I have obtained.  There may be something like
this in the pile, but more likely it will  just be colors nearby.  I dye a lot of curls with several colors in the locks.

We use vast amounts of the Cotswold Curls in the needlefelted additions to our Fleecewoven Rugs.  It is
painting with fiber.  We also use the fleece in needlefelting hats, shawls, clogs, and anything else we see that
might need some decoration with fiber.  We also use whatever is left over or is matted too much to pull apart by
hand in our needlefelting projects and rugs.  And this fleece is a long wool and often gets matted on the sheep.  
If you pull on the lock at the cut end, the matted areas often pull apart very well.
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We will pick out a bag of assorted colors.  Handfuls of Cotswold Locks in as many colors as I can put in your pound....the tail end of the
dyed curls available, most will take some tugging to pull into individual locks.  Single color bag must be dyed on order...
In the photo to the left,we show a three pound bag of
assorted color
Cotswold Curls on the left and on the right is a one pound
bag.  My Ashford Country Spinner will give you a
comparison sizing idea
of how much fiber comprises a pound
A floor full of curls in my weaving studio.
BAG OF
ASST. COLOR LOCKS