Spin Off Magazine – Spinning Fiber from Hair Sheep: Adding Texture with Rare Breeds

“I’m in over my head,” I said aloud as Barbados Blackbelly fleece—a mix of hair and wool—dried on a table on the back deck. When someone says “sheep fleece,” what pops into your mind? Is it a woolly, soft expanse of fiber? Springy to the touch? This was definitely not it. The dark hair and wool stuck out in all directions after washing, and now I needed to try spinning this fiber combination.

Barbados Blackbelly fiber is not an obvious choice for spinning into yarn because it is not a breed meant for yarn. Hair sheep often have fleece characteristics more like the ancestors of domestic sheep, not the fluffy silhouette we associate with today’s domesticated breeds.

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