Friday, 26 November 2010
Fibres: Jacob Sheep
It is thought that Jacob sheep arrived in Britain from the Middle East (via Spain) in the 16th Century. They are very attractive animals and were often kept in English parks as ornamental animals.
Their fleece is black and white patched and fades to brown and white the older they get. They usually have 2-4 horns but can have up to 6 horns and are found in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Working with Jacob fibres
The fibres are open and lofty and can have a moderately developed crimp. The dual tones of the fleece allows endless possibilities of playing around with black and white tones when spinning.
I bought a fleece not long ago and am spinning it into yarn for a nice sweater for John, who is in charge of the carding. It has a lovely fluffy texture and is easy to draft for spinning.
Have you ever worked with Jacobs sheep? Comment and let me know!
Jacob Sheep Society - UK
Jacob SHeep Conservancy - US
Jacob Sheep Breeders Association - US
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