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Thursday, October 19, 2006

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Sarah

Some of the great producers I have bought wool from are:

Breed: North Ronaldsay
Shepherdess: Denise(?) The Woolshed, Benlaw, Costa, Evie, Orkney, KW17 2NN, Scotland. Tel: 01856 751305. email: woolshed@lineone.net

I bought 200g of combed wool top from her this past June and she's a delight! I know she ships all over the world, too.

Breed: Clun Forest
Shepherdess: Mary K. Gloster, Rocky Top Farm, 907 Lick St., Groton, NY, 13073. Tel: 607.898.3777. email: sheepish@rockytopfarm.com . website: www.rockytopfarm.com

Breed: really fantastic Blue-Faced Leicester
Shepherdess: Kathy Davidson, Potosi Sheep Farm, 1175 Potosi Rd., Glen Rock, PA, 17327. email: woolfull2@cs.com

These folks have been responsive and kind and I would recommend their fleece/roving/top to anyone (especially those collecting breeds!). Best of spinning luck!

Jane

I have friend who is a spinner who raises Tunis sheep. She just sent me some roving that is lovely. Drop me an email and I will give you her contact info.

What a fun journey you have begun!

Pippi

I have a bunch of navajo churro, i'll send some along for you, if you don't have any yet.

Marlene

Here's a HUGE list of sheep breeds and their characteristics.

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/Sheep-w.htm

Billi-Jean

Leigh (http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com/) has been collecting rare breed fibres for about 4 years. She has been sampling, spinning and knitting the fibres and documenting it on her blog. There might be something for you there :)

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