Breed Information

Romney

The Romney breed is common on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas.  The fleeces are large and dense with a well-defined crimp that is consistent from butt to tip.  They are easily spun and take dye well.

Fleece Weights – 8-12 pounds (3.75-5.5 kg)

Staple Length – 4”-8” (10-20 cm)

Fibre Diameter – 29-37 microns

Natural colours – White, black, gray, silver, brown

East Fresian

The East Fresian breed is common on Vancouver Island. While being one of the dairy breeds of sheep, they have lovely fleeces.  The fleeces are somewhat variable.  While some fleeces may be fine enough to use for outer clothing, most might be best used for blankets, rugs, pillows etc.

Fleece Weights – 9-13 pounds (4-6 kg)

Staple Length – 3-6” (8-15 cm)

Fibre Diameter – 26-37 microns

Natural Colours – White, Black

Shetland

Shetlands are not very common on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas.  They have a wide range of colours and fiber diameters.  Some can be fairly coarse while others are quite fine.  Fine to medium fleeces will make lovely sweaters.

Fleece Weights – 2-5 pounds (1-2.25 kg)

Staple Length – 2”-10” (5-25 cm)

Fibre Diameter – 20-30 microns

Natural Colours – Whites, creams, tans, browns, grays, and black

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL)

The Blueface Leicester fleeces are highly prized by fibre enthusiasts and we have a few lovely flocks on Vancouver Island.  The fleeces have long lustrous locks.  The wool can be used in a wide variety of end products.

Fleece Weights – 2.25-4.5 pounds (1-2 kg)

Staple Length – 3”-6” (8-15 cm)

Fibre Diameter – 24-28 microns

Natural Colours – Mostly white, occasional grey or black

Cotswold

The Cotswold is not very common on Vancouver Island and surrounding area.  The fleeces are usually coarse with a well defined curly lock.  It is a great choice for novelty yarns or other items which want great texture.

Fleece Weights – 9-20 pounds (4-9 kg)

Staple Length – 7”-15” (18-38 cm)

Fibre Diameter – 33-42 microns

Natural Colours – White, grey, black

Information taken from The Field Guide to Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds and How to Use Their Fibers by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius.