Spinning Wools of North America
Many sheep breeds have either evolved or been developed in North America. This workshop is a spinning survey of some of these breeds. Breeds that have evolved or gradually modified from older breeds include: Navajo Churro, Gulf Coast, Hog Island, Santa Cruz, American Tunis. Other breeds resulting from specific breeding programs include: Columbia, Targhee, Polypay, CVM/Romeldale, Debouillet, California Red, Montadale. We will work with washed fleeces, rovings, and tops of many of these wools, covering fiber preparation techniques, different spinning techniques (short and long draw), and comparing the characteristics and uses of these different wools.