Saturday, February 06, 2016

Dorset fleece

I know there is a lot of verbage here. This next week I will work on taking pictures and posting them on the blog of our Dorset sheep, their fiber, and our yarns.

About the British Dorset sheep. Same as here.

A great (British) blog on processing Dorset.

I use HOT water through all of my washes and rinses when washing Dorset. Unlike this blogger. But other than that, we wash the same way.

More from the same blogger.

The following is from

Down Wools

These are short staple wools; therefore, they are not a good choice for beginning
handspinners. The diameter size of down wools ranges from soft to medium. The soft 

fleeces are used for apparel like socks and fine fabrics. The medium range fleeces are 

suitable for knitted and woven outerwear, longwearing garments, and blankets.

Dorset, Cheviot, Shetland, Suffolk

• Fine to medium texture

• Spiral crimp

• Lofty, spongy, crisp

• 2 - 3 1/2 inches staple length

• Very resilient

• Difficult to spin for beginning handspinners

• Lacks luster, chalky

• Good shape retention

• Not well suited for felting

• Wear resistant

• Spin medium-thick yarn

• Blends well with long wool fiber, to add resilience

Another interesting website. 


The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

By Deborah Robson, Carol Ekarius

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