Sheep Breeds—loosely grouped by wool types
Rambouillet requires careful preparation
Debouillet good for the softest, "next to the skin" garments
Clun Forest good beginner fleeces
Tunis used most often for mittens, hats,
Finnish Landrace (Finnsheep) sweaters, gloves and jackets
(those listed below are also known as Crossbreed)
Border Leicester good for outer garments
Coopworth lend themselves to worsted yarns
Welsh Mountain used for hardwearing fabrics and rugs
Black Welsh Mountain
Recommended Wools For Specific Yarns
(Remember, these are just recommendations, not rules set in stone!)
For soft yarn,
Fine: Merino, Southdown, fine Romney, Corriedale,Shetland
Medium: Corriedale, Perendale, Romney, Shetland
For thick, bulky yarn: Cheviot, Perendale, Southdown, or fine Romney
For shiny yarn: long-stapled lustrous breeds such as Leicester, Coopworth, or Romney
For dull yarn: Cheviot, Southdown.
For hard yarn: Lincoln, Leicester, Coopworth, strong Romney.
For smooth yarn: long-stapled fleece from Romney, Leicester, or Coopworth.
Simmons, Paula. Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry, Seattle, WA: Madrona Publishers, Inc., 1985.
Raven, Lee. Hands On Spinning, Loveland, Co: Interweave Press, 1987.
Brown, Rachel. The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book, New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Field, Anne. The Ashford Book of Spinning, New Zealand.
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