true black Navajo Churro wool roving, spin, felt, weave

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Made in Waterloo, Iowa

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I love this wool, and I hope if you have never worked with it, that you will give it a try. This listing is for 4 ounces. Please note, the shipping profile accounts for roving being shipped without smashing in a small box due to the very real risk of felting the fiber in transit.

This is a solid true black roving. There are only rare white fibers. It is relatively soft for the breed but would not be considered next to skin soft. However, this fleece was almost free of any kemp fibers and has no scratchy quality, and the staple length is about 5 inches or so. It spins very easily to a consistent weight and has wonderful draft. While historically Navajo churro sheep were almost wiped out due to misguided actions on the part of the US government in trying to "manage" Native American practices, a number of devoted breeders have brought this special animal back from the edge of extinction. They frequently have 4 to 6 horns, have a true double coat with long, tapering locks, and come in a beautiful array of colors including black, gray (verging on a blue shade), brown (often reddish in hue), cream, and white. There is wide variation in fleece types and even within a single fleece in the amount of outer coat and inner coat as well as staple length. Some locks can measure 14 inches. It is incredibly strong.

This fiber has luster, different than mohair, silk, or long wools, but it is a soft luster. really satisfying and beautiful for weaving as in traditional applications. It also felts very quickly. Because of the staple length, the felt is incredibly strong even when it is not thick. It will have texture and is best used for bags and garments not worn next to the skin. ? Felted boots or slippers? now we're talking.

If you are neither a felter nor Navajo style weaver, consider this particular roving for an item that needs sturdiness. It will not be scratchy, but it will outlast any wool yarn you typically would buy commercially. I have spun Churro on a kick spindle, on a couple of wheels in low twist singles or plied, and certainly it will spin nicely on a Navajo spindle. The second photo shows a single spun for weaving.

Experience the versatility of this unique American breed. Celebrate "Sheep is Life."

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Oct 22, 2015 by Stetson Weddle

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