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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Just Arrived - Texel Fleece.

(The grey has a Jacob in the bloodline, so it has a slightly longer staple and better hand feel.)

Texel was originally a Dutch breed, brought over to the UK in the 1970s. It was bred by 'meat' farmers for it's sturdy nature and good lambing.

Although a 'meat' breed, Texel is popular with spinners and a good fleece has been known to be very fine, almost like a Shetland. This cross bred fleece remains fine in most places, not that unlike a Zwartbles with it's sun tipped staples.

It is a dense fine fibre and is both easy to spin and felt.

Staple length 5-10cm

Bradford count 48-56, micron 31-34.

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