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Curly wool locks | Natural white | for felting, spinning, doll hair | Leicester Longwool | 23-28cm | 1oz

Natural white gorgeous Leicester Longwool curly wool locks from the lamb’s first shear. Length varies from 23-28cm, or 9-11″. Perfect for wet/needle felting, spinning or doll hair rerooting.

  • 1oz or 28g bundles
  • 23-28cm or 9-11″ staple
  • Locally sourced British rare breed
  • natural white
  • hand processed

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Description

Just look at these beautiful curly wool locks. In their natural white colour, they are begging to be turned into something amazing by your hands. 

These are shearling locks, which means they came from the lamb’s first shear – these are the softest and longest the animal will ever produce in their lifetime. These bundles can vary from 23-28cm or 9-11″ staple, coming from a Leicester Longwool sheep named Bright Eyes. 

This fleece was directly sourced from the shepherd, in a small UK farm dedicated to this native British rare breed.

I carefully scoured and hand washed the locks using a gentle, wool-specific detergent, and separated them into practical 1 ounce bundles. I have done my utmost to preserve the fibre’s curly structure, so please be aware that tiny amounts of vegetable matter may still be present. The tips are naturally slightly beige/yellow.

 

What are these curly wool locks good for?

Long wools with such well defined lock structure are fantastic for various crafts: 

  • Spinning – use them to spin art yarns. The tailspinning technique would be a perfect way to showcase these wool locks. The video below may help give you some ideas.
  • Wet felting – adding locks to a felted work can yield some lovely textured results.
  • Needle felting – funnily enough, these locks would make great curls for a sheep sculpture, or a gnome’s beard. The choices are endless.
  • Dollmaking – rerooting doll hair. A lot of my hand dyed curly wool locks have actually ended up as gorgeous doll hair!

A little about the Leicester Longwool breed

The Leicester Longwool, also known as Bakewell Leicester, Improved Leicester and New Leicester, was originally developed by the breeding innovator Robert Bakewell in the 18th century.

They are among the world’s largest sheep breed. Their fleeces have beautiful and distinct locks with well-defined crimp, which can grow up to 36cm or 14″ long. Leicester Longwool sheep’s wool diameter ranges from 32 to 46 microns, making it a very soft, yet sturdy, fibre.

This breed is classified as “endangered” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, with fewer than 500 registered breeding females remaining in the UK. In North America, the Leicester Longwool is preserved by the efforts of private breeders. *

Disclaimer(s)

I’ve done my very best to make sure colours run true in the photos, but please note that your monitor settings may differ from mine.

The last two photos in this listing are of the same fleece, but are not part of the listing sale. They show the fleece after washing but not yet fully processed.

 

* – information gathered from Wikipedia and The Field Guide to Fleece (by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius).

Additional information

Weight 0.028 kg
Dimensions 26 cm
Colour

Natural white

Fibre Content

Leicester Longwool lamb first shear

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CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Keep wool top/roving or art batts in a dry room away from direct sunlight. Airtight boxes are recommended. Don’t place anything heavy on top of the fibre to avoid squishing it.
    Handle silk hankies with moisturised hands to avoid them sticking to your skin.
  • I recommend adding lavender sachets to the storage container for pest prevention.
  • Hand wash your finished product separately using wool-specific detergents, dry flat. Hand dyed fibres may bleed a little in the first couple of washes.

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PACKAGING AND SHIPPING

All my spinning and felting fibres are carefully wrapped in a paper bag and then shipped using a fully compostable mailing bag.

P&P is priced according to Royal Mail’s most recent rates. 

UK shipping starts at £1.20 for flat packed items, and £3.70 for bulkier items. Total cost is calculated at checkout.

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Your best crafting is my goal

Your best spinning and felting life is all I’m about. I want you to love and be excited by your fibre projects. I care whether your fab felting idea comes to life. Your spinning needs to be everything you ever dreamed of and I want to help you get there. My fibres, from art batts to silk hankies are all created with your best crafting life in mind.

Hi, I’m Eleanor and I want to be a part of your lovely hand crafting journey.

I’ll do all of this without compromising on quality or my eco values: I source my wool from ethical, local suppliers and I hand dye my fibre using the most planet-friendly techniques at my disposal.

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