Thursday, 14 October 2010

Fibres: Cotswold Sheep

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Introduced to the Cotswold Hills of Gloucestershire, Britain in Roman times the Cotswold Sheep (also known as the Cotswold Lion) are classified as a longwool. They are heavily built sheep with white faces similar to Leicester and Lincoln breed, which they have been interbreed with over the years. Today the Cotswold is classified as a rare sheep breed.

Working with Cotswold fibres
Cotswold wool fibres are coarse and wavy. They are best for heavy outerwear and carpets. But they are thought to be good for dyeing as they will give the colours great depth and life.

Do you have any experience working with Cotswold fibre? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
The Cotswold Sheep Society - UK
American Cotswold Record Association - US
Cotswold Breeders Association - US

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