This listing is for one ounce of raw wool from our ewe Elara. She is a white mature ewe with a beautiful fine fleece.
We coat our sheep so the wool is very clean, very little VM in the wool if any at all. The wool is not washed, and I have retained the lock structure when separating the 1 oz portions. Because Elara is white, she shows some dirt at the tip of her fleece which was there before we put her coat on. It washes out nicely.
Shetlands are a natural color breed with wool colors ranging from White, Brown, Fawn, Grey and Black.
I include a photo of Elara in the bag with your wool for you to enjoy.
We breed for fine wooled shetland sheep with very crimpy fibers, so you can wear the wool next to the skin and it is bouncy and elastic.
We micron tested the fleece and here are the results:
Here are definitions for what the abbreviations mean:
AFD = Average Fiber Diameter- Average diameter of all fibers tested in a sample. Shetland should have AFD <32
SD = Standard Deviation - A measure of the variation in the fibers tested in a sample. Shetlands should have SD's < 5.5. High numbers indicate larger variability in fiber diameter, which will have a negative impact on handle.
CV = Coefficient of Variation - A calculation showing the SD as a % of the AFD. Shetlands should have CV's around 20% or lower. Higher numbers indicate larger variability in the fiber diameters.
SF = Spinning Fineness - A calculation developed by wool graders to help group fleeces by similar handle. A better gage of fineness than AFD alone. The best Shetland fleeces will have SF's lower than their AFD
In general, 30 microns is the maximum for next to skin wearability.
We coat our fleeces - this listing is only for the wool that is under the coat, so it is free of VM.
We participate in SE2SE so if you need a passport sticker, please let me know in the message section of the order.
The length of the staple in the photo is unstretched, the fiber is very crimpy so stretching it adds another inch or more.
I wash, card and spin my fleeces so I am happy to share my methods in the links below:
Click here to read a blog post I made on how I wash raw fleeces.
Click here to watch a video of me flicking the shetland locks.
Click here to watch a video of me spinning locks into yarn.
Thank you for looking at this listing!