Purchasing Spinning Fleeces
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Bluefaced Leicester Fleece, Border Leicester Fleece, Icelandic, Mule, and PolypayXFinn 2015 spring shearing - sorted, skirted, and the best offered for handspinning and crafts. The raw fleeces are sold whole. Postage is charged by weight and zone. Note: There is only one of each fleece. Please be careful not to order two in the cart by accident. Paypal cart can't be programmed to prevent this. Thank you
Our Blueface Leicester (BFL) fleeces run between 2 and 5 lbs skirted. The micron count varies between 20 and 30. Some of the lamb fleeces may be finer. The 2014 fleeces are in good shape and VM is minimal this year. BFL sells out quickly, so send us an alternate choice in case your first choice is already sold.
Our BFL fleece varies some from sheep to sheep. Colored fleeces range from black to silver with brown or caramel tips and the color mix will vary from fleece to fleece. The color you see on your computer screen may not be exactly the same as the fleece. If you have questions email us.
Our neighbor raises Border Leicesters (BL) and crosses some of our BFL rams on them. This year we are also offering BL and BLxBFL cross fleece from his flock which we have skirted for handspinninger. BL fleeces run 30 to 40 microns and between 3 and 7 lbs skirted. The crossed fleeces are on the finer end of that range and some have a BFL purl to them. You can see it in the pictures.
We also have a couple Icelandic and Icelandic/BFL (Mule) fleeces offered below. The Icelandic are dual coated sheep with a fine under coat (thel) and a coarser over coat (tog). The thel is as soft as very fine merino. The Mule fleeces are heavy thick single fiber fleeces that tend to be similiar in micron count to BL fleeces but have a soft hand and marvelous colors.
We are also offering commercial Finn/Polypay cross fleeces. They are very fine and lovely soft to work with. These are from a neighbor's high production herd and we are trialing the fine soft wool to see if there is interest. We estimate the fiber is between 18 and 21 microns. They are as soft and fine as commercial merino.
These are fleeces off animals that live outside. They are not kept in coats. We keep the sheep as clean as possible and they do not have ticks or mites in their wool, but there will be dirt, some vegetable matter, and they smell. We skirt the fleeces to remove dung and felted or damaged fiber. Dirt and grease will wash out. Only fleeces with quality spinning fiber and minimal vegetable matter are sold as raw spinning fleeces. We do not sell raw fleeces that we would not be comfortable processing for handspinning ourselves. While we typically remove any breach or neck fleece that is significantly coarser than the rest of the fleece, on a colored fleece where there is a darker or black edge, we will leave on more if the fiber is good, because the darker edge gives the artist some variety to work with.
We recommend you purchase washed/dyed fleece if you are unfamiliar with the process for cleaning a fleece or are uncomfortable handling smelly, dirty items in your home. For information on washing fleeces click on to your left on this page. If you have questions email us.
Please be aware how fine purebred BFL fleeces are, especially lamb fleeces. Processing very fine fiber takes extra work, but if you are looking for a bright fiber with a slinky hand in the same catagory as silk, merino, and angora, BFL is an excellent choice.
Very fine fleece does not hold the lock structure well when washed for projects requiring that curly look. If you are looking for locks that hold their shape you might try one of the BL/BFL cross fleeces that have the purled lock structure. If you are looking for doll hair, email your requirements and we can see if we have one that will work.
Return policy on fleece: We understand that your processing capabilities may not be the same as ours. You may return any whole fleeces or full orders of bulk fleece within 15 days if you do not feel the fiber meets your needs. If you wish to return the fleece you receive, it must come back in the same condition and the same weight we sent you. We do not take back partial orders that have been picked through. Examine the fleece carefully and gently before you decide to keep it. If you pull it apart, remove pieces, and/or wash it, we cannot refund your money because we will not be able to resell it. When returning a fleece, you pay the return shipping and we will refund the price if the fleece is in the same condition we sent it. If you have any questions about our return policy or what a raw spinning fleece is, please email so we can discuss your situation before you return it.
Notes on the listings. Please read:
Lock lengths are measure on loose locks without pulling the crimp out.
The purebred fleece is graded as fine, med, or heavy within the micron range of the breed. For instance, a fine BFL or Finn fleece will run around 21 microns. A fine BL fleece will run around 30 microns.
Fine lamb tends to be tippy because the first growth is extremely fine.
If we feel there is sufficient greasy dirt to add more weight than usual the price per lb is reduced.
Click on the Breed to see the fleeces for that Breed.
Click on the pictures under each to see a full screen view of the picture.
Bluefaced Leicester (BFL)
Border Leicester (BL) and BLxBFL
Icelandic (ICE) and Mule (ICExBFL)
Finn Sheep (FINN)
Washed and Dyed Fleeces and Locks