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Handspinning Rare Wools DVD
In Handspinning Rare Wools, Deborah Robson explores fiber from 38 rare and endangered breeds of sheep from Great Britain and North America. Her knowledge of their history and characteristics is deep, her stories are intriguing, and her passion for saving and savoring the basic materials of our craft is palpable.
Robson covers the most interesting and vulnerable of:
•Northern European short-tailed sheep (plus an intriguing mystery breed)
•Old British breeds introduced in Roman times
•Rare English longwools
•Classic English Down breeds
•Welsh and Border breeds
•American feral and semi-ferals.
You’ll learn that washing, carding, combing, spinning, and finishing these fibers is a never-ending experiment filled with surprises. You’ll see the unexpected variety – from wool that feels like jute to wool that stretches and bounces back like tiny bungees. You’ll hear stories about specific sheep breeders who have made a difference – a hundred or three hundred years ago. You’ll have your ideas of fineness and softness and staple length turned on end.
Selections from Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools eBook
What’s so great about rare sheep breeds and their wool? You can get Merino wool just about anywhere, right? Well, as a spinner, whether you're just starting out or have been spinning for a long time, you have a connection to the elaborate history of this handcraft. Part of that history is the sheep that are currently designated as endangered. Each one of these breeds has unique qualities that can’t be found in commercially bred sheep. To work with these wools is not only a treat, but a gateway into the rich history of spinning. Knowledgeable spinners can help protect these sheep for future generations of spinners to enjoy.
The Spin-Off editorial team struck out to enlighten spinners about these rare wools and in 2002 published the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools edited by Deborah Robson. Since thenthe book has gone out-of-print, but now we have compiled selections into an easy-to-download eBook!
Selections from Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools will:
•Illuminate the vast variety of uncommon sheep breeds and their rare wools
•Teach the significance these wools play for spinners today
•Explore the rich history of handspinning
•Help spinners of all levels understand this importance of diversity in wool
Merino and Corriedale are always a pleasure to work with, but experience a true novelty when you work with any rare wool, knowing that a unique fiber is running through your fingers.