Natural Roving is also known as “washed and carded wool” or “webbing”. It is available by the pound or in smaller quantities in natural white.
Natural brown is made from brown sheep, of which Canada has very few. It is very difficult to source, and therefore there is a limited quantity.
Our sheep are a mix of Border Cheviot, Suffolk, and Rideau-Arcott. Our flock is pasture-raised, so the wool tends to be longer in staple. An experienced weaver/spinner remarked, “I would say your wool is also similar to Corriedale which is a popular medium wool for hand spinners. It has a micron count of 25-31.”
Dyed Roving is also available in quantities starting at 1 ounce. We don’t have large quantities of most colours, so please enquire. We will try to meet your needs.
The properties of wool make it useful in a variety of ways. Wool is very resilient and retains its loft. It is warm even when wet, and wicks moisture away from the body. An effective insulator, it maintains warmth because of the air that it traps within its fibres. It is resistant to mold, mildew and dust mites. It can readily be washed (following our instructions) and can also be purposely shrunk, to felt. It is naturally flame resistant.
Our customers have used it in creative and interesting projects: – dry (www.tiina.kukkonen.ca) or wet felting and sculpting (seewww.andrea-graham.com); filling toys or pillows, meditation pads, animal bedding; protecting spots that rub between toes; sewing knee pads into work pants; and cushioning the toes of ballet slippers. Hand spinners who don’t want the hard work of washing raw wool use it to make yarn.
As with all our products, this comes with Topsy Farms Guarantee of Excellence.