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Heritage Sheep Wool Roving Sampler
Both Romeldale and Gulf Coast Native Sheep are endangered American sheep breeds! They are classified as "critically rare" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. These sheep breeds have amazing wool qualities that have to be felt to be believed! It is their wonderful wool that is helping to raise awareness and create popularity for these sheep, especially amongst hand spinners.
The Romeldale sheep produces next-to-skin soft wool -- it is superfine and lovely to work with! The Gulf Coast Native sheep has a history that dates back to the early 1500s to the Conquistadors landing in Florida. Their fine fleece is extremely soft and has an incredible amount of spring in it -- it makes a wonderfully thick and squishy yarn! The Shetland Sheep has changed classification from "threatened" to "recovering" in recent years, due in large part to the popularity of their fleece.
This sampler allows the spinner to experience small amounts of these rare fleeces. Each sample amount of fiber is individually wrapped and labeled for easy reference. Each sampler contains half-ounce braids of each of the following rovings (shown left to right in photo):
- White Gulf Coast - Mixed Black Gulf Coast - Brown Gulf Coast - White Romeldale - Black Romeldale - Charcoal Shetland
This fiber is stored in a smoke- and pet-free environment. Please note that this roving may have small bits of vegetative matter in it that is easily picked out during spinning.