|The Fellowship of the Ring|
The rare sheep breed in the spot light today is the very special Stansborough sheep of New Zealand. In the early 1990s a small flock of rare grey Gotland sheep in Nelson was discovered, which had been brought to New Zealand from Denmark 20 years prior. The sheep historically originate from an island off the coast of Sweden, and their unique grey fleeces were very well adapted to keep out the Vikings warm.. The silky wool was even utilised by the vikings for making the sails for their medieval longships.
The aim of the Stansborough farm was to develop a fibre suitable for worsted spinning into worsted fabric. The line of sheep has been kept pure, and there has been enough semen and embryos frozen to provide the wide gene pool essential for future research and development.
During these years of experimenting and trialling, the brownish colour lent to the fleece –and subsequent fabric – by the brownish tips and brownish guard hairs associated with the pelts of the original sheep, has been modified and removed. It took 12 years to create the special wool breed of what is now a unique flock of 1000 animals – the 'Stansborough Grey' sheep – now a unique registered breed in their own right and the only flock of its kind in the world.
The lustrous fibre is shorn every 5 to 6 months to produce a moderate staple length. The best way to spin this type of fibre is a worsted spinning style so the luster will be highlighted even more.
Per shearing the fleeces weigh about 2 to 2.5 kgs and the staple lengths can vary from 8-10 cms. The micron of the pure Stansborough grey is about 22 to 29. You will find the Preciousss blend tops easy to spin, soft, silky and at the same tiume pretty durable as well. The added bonus of the cashmere and angora bunny gives it the close to skin wear properties and loft and the tencel is enhancing the drape and pearly shine. It will make garments that have a light weight, drapy and a magical sheen!
The Stansborough grey fibre was ofcourse made world famous because the yarns that were produced from the fleeces were used in the making of the fabulous woven cloaks in Lord of the Rings, with their amazing sheen and the magnificent shadow weave pattern. Pure magic!
As a big fan of Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies I have been planning this blend for a long long time.
Because the Gotland like properties of the fleece it has a great drape but it is in need of loft to let it totally shine and make it close to skin wear so Here’s what I did: I blended it with some beautiful Angora bunny and Cashmere and added tencel for a lush pearly look that will make your yarn extra special !
Let me show you some of these beautiful sheep :
|A flock of Stansborough Grey|
|A mum with her two lambs|
|A Magnificent Ram (photo by M.Glans)|
And here are some of the pretties you can create:
|Aragorn's Cloak from the movie Lord of the Rings|
|Aragorn’s Cloak close up, woven in a shadow weave pattern|
|on the loom|
|a closer look of the weave structure|
|shadow weave pattern up close|
IxCHeL Rare Sheep Breed Fibre Adventure
Shipping date: Monday 25th of Feb
Grey Stansborough gotland sheep
the tops are a 100g + each ! AU$25 SOLD OUT ! Sorry !!!
There will only be a very limited supply!!
Pm on Ravelry or facebook or email me.
Single, double or triple serves are available !
How To Order:
2. message me on facebook
3. Message me on Ravelry.com where I am Ixchelbunny.
I will email/ message you right back with all your order details and payment methods.
Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.
Dates to put in your Calendar !!
Healesville spinners talk ..date to be confirmed later
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Tapscott Hall, Corner Cambridge and Montrose rds, Montrose
They are extremely easy to use and come in great shades.
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.