Ethically farmed rare breed wool locks for felting or spinning | Leicester Longwool | Natural Oatmeal 10-13cm (average)

Please note: the photo where I am holding the wool locks isn’t meant to reflect the actual size of the 50g bundle.

These gorgeous ethically farmed rare breed wool locks in natural oatmeal from Leicester Longwool sheep are lovely to spin and felt with. Staple length is between 10-13cm, from a sheep named Tasha who lives in a UK small farm whose shepherd keeps the flock as pets and only for fibre growing. Yes, the photo of the sheep is of the actual Tasha!

This listing is for washed and mostly processed wool locks, meaning there will still be a little vegetable matter present but the wool has been sorted and mostly separated, preserving some of its natural curl as shown in the photos.

Find Leicester Longwool locks in natural white here.

  • 50 gram bundles
  • average 10-13cm or 4-5 ¼” staple length
  • ethically farmed British rare breed wool locks, from sheep grown for their fibre alone
  • natural oatmeal
  • hand processed


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There is nothing more lush that ethically farmed rare breed wool locks – you know the sheep is being well taken care of and you get to spin or felt your fibre guilt-free, all the while knowing you’re helping a small British farm dedicated to this rare breed Leicester Longwool.

This fleece came from a sheep named Tasha (that’s her in the last photo) and she was kind enough to grow around 10-13cm long curly locks for us. Tasha lives in an English farm and is kept for her fibre (not meat) by a shepherd who cares very much about his flock’s welfare. These are happy wool growers indeed! 

I scoured and hand washed these rare breed wool locks using a gentle, wool-specific detergent. This listing is for the wool in a relatively processed state, meaning I have slightly combed and separated the locks, still preserving a lot of its curly structure. The main colour is a light oatmeal-grey and the tips are naturally slightly beige.

Follow this link if you’d like these locks in natural white instead.

Tasha the sheep photo courtesy of Lee Hawkins of Cowarne Mill.


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.

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 on colours

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.

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

Additional information

Weight0.050 kg
Dimensions13 cm

Light Oatmeal

Fibre Content

Leicester Longwool rare breed


  • 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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