I'm very proud to announce the arrival of some new fleece breeds at www.SarasTexturecrafts.com ... Zwartbles and Massam (which has previously just been in top, or batt form).
Zwartbles can be found here at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/products/4138--zwartbles-fleece.aspx and as you can see without prep just begs to be spun!
If you did choose to prep this you would discard some of the coarser hairs for spinning, but don't remove too much texture as it would be a shame to loose the colour changes.
I think this would also be very good for feltmaking too and if there's any left I intend to make some batts for blended texture.
As it's not a lanolin rich fleece, it won't take much washing so great to try out if you have never washed a fleece before.
Let me know what you think if you try some.
This beautifully lustrous Massam fleece is an award winning fleece I found at a sheep show. Having tracked down the Farmer i realise now that she keeps sheep mostly for fleece production, so I really hope you will like the first of many fleeces from this source.
I shall visit the farm soon, so hope to add a few new breed fleeces to the shop!
You can find the Massam at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/products/4136--massam-fleece.aspx