Once again, more wool talk!
This week’s breed of choice: American Tunis
You can find info and pictures for American Tunis sheep over on these websites:
- The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, Robson, Deborah & Ekarius, Carol, page 226-228
- Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools – Edited by Deborah Robson, page 69
What there is to know about American Tunis Sheep:
- It’s a conservation breed
- It’s a fat-tailed sheep
- A tasty meat sheep
- Made an appearance in North America in the late 1700’s
- The fleeces are ivory to cream in color
- Staple length is 3 – 6 inches (7.5 – 15 cm)
- Fleeces weigh in 6 – 15 pounds (2.7 – 6.8 kg)
- 24 – 29 microns
- Great for knitting, crocheting and weaving.
- Takes dyes well
Look at that crimp! There will be a little bit of this fleece sampling this weekend!
Until next time, spin on…or wash some fleece, maybe card a batt, how about some combing…whatever you do, make it a life with wool.