Wensleydale Wool Roving - Research Project - 4.2 ounces
This is a hand dyed roving, or more properly combed top, for handspinning and felting.
This roving is in shades of blue, purple, red, peach and gray.
Wensleydale is a 30 to 35 micron wool, a long, luster fleece which has shine and good drape when spun. It takes dye particularly well, making for rich, vivid colors. The staple length is a very long 8-12 inches. People with sensitivity to wool may find this wool a bit too hairy, though it would make a nice shawl with a halo. These sheep are listed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the U.K. as an “at risk.”
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.
My braids 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 braids from which I spin my yarns, so I dye them for that.
Fiber: Wensleydale wool
Source: Ashland Bay
Weight: 4.2 ounces, 119 g