Our Combed Top Devon Wool roving has many uses. It is a good felting wool and the lambs from this breed are excellent for knitwear and woven fabrics. The fineness is approx. 40-60 microns and length, 200-250 mm. Perfect for hand spinning, hand...More Details
Our Combed Top Devon Wool roving has many uses. It is a good felting wool and the lambs from this breed are excellent for knitwear and woven fabrics. The fineness is approx. 40-60 microns and length, 200-250 mm. Perfect for hand spinning, hand felting, doll making and many other craft uses. This is a coarser breed wool perfect for rug making, outerwear, and dying!
If you're interested in breed-specific spinning, Devon is an interesting wool to try. It is very coarse - too coarse for any kind of garment, in my view. I spun and plied it very loosely, and even so, I could not imagine it for any kind of garment at all - and I can wear many wools next to my skin that others find scratchy. So, you will have to find another use for it. Rugs, shopping bags, handbags, perhaps. I am thinking of weaving straps on an inkle loom. The Paradise description mentions the fleece of Devon lambs, and no doubt what they say is true - but this coarse-fibered top could only be from adult animals.
This fiber feels more like horse hair than sheep's wool. I use a drop spindle, and I wouldn't hand this fiber to a beginner. It spins alright but needs more twist than the Merino I like to use. The yarn is super scratchy! I would not want to wear this next to my skin. But the yarn is sturdy, so it might weave into a rug or something with decent results. I have tried to dye this as both fiber and yarn, and it only takes a "pastel" level of the color. It was a fun experiment, but I probably won't purchase this again.
I love this fiber - with the sheen of the finest longwool, and a lovely crisp texture, plus clean processing and lovely combed top, it's a joy to spin!
I haven't spun this yet but it feels like it will be a very sturdy yarn for outerwear like mittens, etc. and a great wool for long wearing socks