wow that's one heavy fleece!!!!! shared by kinjin76 of flickr

¬†These sheep produce a heavy fleece it can range from 10-20 pds. The staple length is amazing at 8-12 inches. This fiber is considered to be a carpet fleece as it’s pretty coarse with micron counts of 30-46. However first fleeces can be incredibly soft. The locks are curly with a defined tip.

close-up of fleece still on the hoof.. courtesy of Give Fleece A Chance on flickr

My Devon top feels a bit silky and slippery with some crispyness. There were definitely some prickles at the neck that seemed to subside after a second. ¬†However I was pleasantly suprised that it wasn’t bad enough to remove it right away. I think if it was spun worsted it could be silky and drapey against the neck.

Here is my Devon top:

 

Devon top

 

Close-up of Devon top at Applebee's Acres- The Fiber of My Being

 

 

I also dyed up the batch into two slightly different colors for an experiment I’ll explain on the FFF video this week.

dyed devon top

 

 Information from https://www.rbst.org.uk/sitemanager/uploads/attachments/83_gallery.pdf and The Fiber and Fleece Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius

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