Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Fibres: Black Welsh Mountain Sheep

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In Medieval times, black wool, known as 'Cochddu' (reddish brown) was much sought-after by merchants. In the 19th century Welsh flockmasters recognised the commercial potential of the black lambs and began to select and breed them carefully to produce a pure and separate strain of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep.
Black Welsh Mountain sheep are small, the ewes are polled and the rams are horned.

Working with Black Welsh Mountain Fibres
The fleece is fairly coarse and is sought after for it's natural black colour. I just bought a bag with a friend this Sunday and I can't wait to have a go at spinning it.

Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Breeders' Association - UK

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