|WILD AND WONDERFUL
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.
|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
|In the photo to the belowwe show a three pound bag of assorted
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.
ASST. COLOR LOCKS
|The Angora Goats
Summer Pasture in Utah
|The locks are often long and silky
and take the dyes beautifully.
Some are locked together on the back
of the goat and must be pulled free
into the locks.
|The White Roving is in shades of white to
cream. The variations in color will be found
throughout the roving. The fiber is very soft
and easily spun.
|Above photos are of her very best
fleeces. Not all fleeces will look like
the photos. Some matting in the leg
and belly area.
|I can no longer wash and
dye the Mohair curls.
Rebekah Dickensen, the
owner as she has a supply
Contact her on blue Link
|Rebekah is going to be shipping her mohair direct, moving me out of the middle woman place.
Contact her at the blue link above and she will return your email with the information that you are requesting
I no longer have any white Angora curls here at the Sheep Shed.
I do have some of the carded roving....mostly in the white tones.
Thanks to all who purchased this wonderful fiber over this past year....
|Click on the blue link to the left to
contact Rebecca about her Mohair..the
link is a bit slow to load, but load it
Raw curls are available, plenty of the assorted dark toned curls. Do know the dark curls are often gray,
black, and brown all in the same fleece due to the owners crossbreeding over the years. Unlikely to get
one solid color in these dark fleeces. We have the colored fleeces in right now.... Grays, Blacks, Browns,
sometimes a bit of white or light tan, often in one fleece...beautiful curls. Fleeces will have mostly long
curls...some parts of the fleece more wavy...
Thanks, Carol Lee!
the fleece will be as long as these
shown. Those shown were exceptional.
2017 fleeces were pretty long in length.
Most locks in the 6"-10" or longer
|The Curls that we have left will be sold as natural, some dyed, ..and do know it is the
last bags on hand. It will not be as beautiful as that shown in the box in the middle. I
will not have fresh fleeces this upcoming year, (2018) but will provide a number you
can call to purchase them....308-215-8996