Cheviot / Blackface Wool Roving - Flashing Light 2 - 4.1 ounces

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This is a hand painted roving, or more properly combed wool top, for hand spinning.

This roving is shades of red and blue.

A classic blend! This mix of Cheviot and Scottish Blackface is the wool used to make the official Harris Tweed.

Cheviot is an easy-spinning medium grade wool originating in the Scottish borderlands. Blackface is a Scottish mountain breed with a coarse but light weight fleece. Tradition holds that it originated from Spanish sheep shipwrecked in Scotland after the destruction of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Blended together, they make a pliable, hardy wool well suited to make the sort of outerwear ideal for the Scottish climate, or an itinerant time lord like Dr. Who.

Harris Tweed is the distinctive hand-woven tweed fabric made only in the islands of the Outer Hebrides. The weavers all work from their own homes, not in mills. Before 1934, all the yarn was also handspun, but spinners couldn’t keep up with the demand, so mill-spun yarn began to be used.

This heritage makes this wool blend a special treat, and we are pleased to be able to offer it to you in our own one-of-a-kind colorways.

Our rovings are dyed with fairly even distribution of colors. Photos are of each side of the coil, so you can see as much of the color as possible. These are the same rovings from which I spin my yarns, so I dye them for that.

We name our braids based on the inspirations we get from the colors, drawing on nature, literature, mythology, geography, and our lives and travels. Braids with the same name numbered sequentially are a matched set that were dyed together, although they may have different weights and look slightly different in the photos. Each colorway is unique; we may sometimes repeat names, when a new colorway strikes us the same way as an older one.

Fiber: Cheviot & Blackface wool
Source: World of Wool
Weight: 4.1 ounces, 116 g