rambouillet ewe and lambs by knitting iris on flickr


As I was doing my research I found a very interesting sentence “The fleece was valuable in the manufacture of cloth, at times being woven in a mixed fabric of cotton warp and wool weft, known as delaine.” It got me wondering what delaine was so……..

a beautiful ram ramboulette sheep by Nyr100 on flickr


delaine, ( French: “of wool”) any high-grade woolen or worsted fabric made of fine combing wool. Delaine was originally a high-quality women’s wear dress material.

To expand on this further; The word delaine is still applied to a staple all-wool fabric made in plain weave and of compact structure. Delaine sheep, a Merino type, are raised in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, and to a lesser extent in France.

So basically Delaine is a fancy word for fine wool cloth? Anyway on to the fleece!!!!!!


hite rambouillet fleece courtesy of great4wool on flickr

Fleeces will range from 8 to 18 pounds.   The fleece staple length will vary from two to four inches  and range in fiber diameter from 18.5 to 24.5 microns. Is usually cream to white in color. I haven’t seen any full blooded rambouillet that are colored but they may be out there. All the colored Rambouillets I have seen have been crosses.

Dark rambouillet cross fleece by great4wool on flickr

I wore this fleece and forgot I was wearing it until I took a shower that evening,  it’s that soft!

Here is my rambouillet fleece.

washed rambouillet locks

All dyed up! It takes dye beautifully and I have to thank my friend Rachel Jones for sending it too me. You can find her creating yarn and art batts at Ontheround.

Dyed rambouillet locks


close-up of dyed rambouillet locks



Information from: wikipedia,Oklahoma State University ,and The American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association

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