1 pound of my Tunis sheep fleece, practically as it came off the animal. I currently have 4 Tunis ewes, and 3 ewe-lambs turning 1 year in April. If you have a preference between older ewe and lamb shearing, let me know. These are a warm-climate sheep, so they have a shorter staple length - 2.5-4" - but a really nice crimp and very fine fiber. The photos are of the raw wool, a washed lock, and a carded batt I made. I really like this wool, it gives a soft springy yarn, even when spun very fine. Tunis wool is known for being soft and non-scratchy, the word I kept seeing when researching them was "lustrous". The fiber shafts are less scaly than many sheep wools, and though I don't know a micron number, I was surprised just how fine it is - finer than the high 20's I'd seen in research, and so soft! This is what one pleased customer had to say:
"Oh my God! This is SO SOFT! This stuff is divine! I spun a sample & as rough as it is [still raw] it came out crazy beautiful! It'll make a stunner of a shawl! Oh my! I believe this is my new favorite fiber! I will be shopping with you again. Very soon! It will be the first wool I actually stash! Fiber diet be damned!"
Our sheep truly live the farm life - I do not coat them, and they are moved over the entire 60 or so acres of pasture, so this fleece is not terribly clean. We do not have burrs, though - there is the usual hay and other VM, but no burrs! It does scour well, this year's were not very greasy at all and it washes to a beautiful creamy white.
Rather than selling an entire fleece, I select the better parts for selling by the pound, to ensure you get the best quality fiber. I skirt pretty thoroughly for second cuts, but VM falls out pretty well with picking so I will just take out the larger VM.
If you're looking for a whole fleece, let me know - this year's shearing cut a little short in the center of the back on a couple of the fleeces so I'd prefer to sell it by the pound so I can make sure you only get the nicer parts, with a good staple length and quality fiber. If you really want an entire intact fleece straight off the sheep, though, I'm happy to do that and I'll come down a little on the price for that - contact me to work out details. I have shipping listed as a large flat rate box, if I can ship it differently for less I will and refund the difference - I probably can, but I’ve shipped to Alaska several times, and need to cover all possibilities.
This is fabulous fleece, the quality that weavers would want. I only purchased to make felted sheep but so easy to work with and made into a great product for me. AAA+++
Mar 31, 2018 by Deborah Broomfield
Dec 16, 2017 by Judy Uckerman
Exceptional quality wool! It scours white. But you can also spin this in the grease! Which gives you such a thin single! My new favorite wool!
Exceptional seller! I also got alpaca samples from this seller ! They came packed in individual marked baggies .
These are the cleanest alpaca I've ever spun! I spun alpaca raw ,its much easier. I spin traditional ways. Support spindle or Turkish spindle & phang. These alpacas are exactly what I have been searching for! Cards fast , load locks on career do not fluff it all up first. Spins like butter!
Oct 20, 2017 by Alla avrutova
<3 nothing better then home grown wool from a lovely person! Thank you so much!
I generally ship USPS - being rural that is the most convenient - but can ship UPS when appropriate. I ship items as soon as possible - if already made then within 1-3 days usually, and if custom-made then within 2-3 weeks. If the actual shipping cost is more than $1 or so less than my listed shipping costs then I will refund the difference.
Returns & exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase - if you're not, I will happily refund a returned item. Contact me for specific information.