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MT: Fall Montana Raw Shetland Icelandic Wool Spinning Fiber Lamb Fleeces For Sale

The best meticulously skirted Shetland/Icelandic fall lamb fleeces are available for sale. The dual coat can be spun together in-the-lock & in-the-grease, or the 2 coats may be separated for a wide variety of yarns for different purposes.

 
PRLog - Oct. 24, 2009 - MILES CITY, Mont. -- Tramp Farm raises Shetland and Icelandic sheep on a small family farm in Eastern Montana. These animals serve many purposes, including wool production for the fiber artist. Freshly shorn fall lamb fleeces are the best for spinning, but they may be used for a wide variety of fiber arts.

These colorful primitive breeds have dual-coated, lower lanolin-content fleeces than most modern breeds, so they tend to shed debris and vegetative matter for cleaner raw fleeces. Their coats can be used together or separated to make anything from underwear(undercoat) to rugs(outercoat).

Shetland and Icelandic fleeces are very similar, but yet these primitive animals have lots of variation in their genetics that leads to a great deal of variation in the fleeces of both breeds, as well. Overall, Shetland fleeces tend to have less outercoat and are more fine and airy, so they need little or no tip-flicking, ie spin right off the animal. The finest Shetland fleeces are historically known for making super fine yarn for lace shawls that will fit through a wedding ring. On the other hand, Icelandics tend to have more outercoat, so they need more flicking of their ringleted tips as you spin the fiber. Because of the strong outercoat holding the fiber together, the Icelandic fleeces tend to be a little more ideal for making felted items like heavy-duty fabric or rugs and for separating out the coarser fiber for saddle blankets or strong embroidery yarn.

Much of Tramp Farm's wool is used to make entirely handmade knit/crocheted/woven/felted wool items. Tramp Farm's specialty is handspinning in-the-grease and in-the-lock for  totally unique, one-of-a-kind skeins ONLY obtained by handspinning. Spinning in-the-grease preserves the weather, water, and bacteria-resistant lanolin, and spinning in-the-lock yields a subtle, variegated yarn that displays the natural color variations of our Shetland fleeces. The "yarn stage" is a good time to gently and more safely wash the fleece without causing felting.

Tramp Family Farm Vikingsheepart Fleeces: $11/LB + Shipping

Visit www.gumbohighlands.com .

As a small family farm, their supply is very limited and fleeces go quickly. No reservations are taken; ie first come, first serve.

Visit http://www.icelandicsheep.com for a wealth of information on washing, spinning, knitting, felting, etc, these types of fleeces.

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Miles City, MT, source of primitive breed registered and commercial Scottish Highland Cattle and Shetland/Icelandic Sheep, horns, gourmet-quality/organically-raised grassfed beef & lamb, raw fleeces, and 100% organic & entirely hand-crafted wool products.

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Source:GumboHighland's Vikingsheepart
Phone:406-234-1747
Zip:59301
City/Town:Miles City - Montana - United States
Industry:Agriculture, Hobbies, Textile
Tags:shetland, icelandic, sheep, wool fiber, fleeces, spinning, handspun, yarn, diaper cover, soakers, sweaters, slippers
Last Updated:Dec 25, 2011
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