Double-coated and primitive mood board
For Spring 2021, we are going to explore double-coated and primitive sheep breeds, some of the most interesting and ancient breeds in the world.
Tell us what you know about these sheep. Why are sheep classified as primitive or double-coated, and are they the same? What is their fleece good for? How many are endangered or threatened? Which one is your favorite and why?
Do you know about primitive sheep’s ancient history or legend and lore? How about washing? What’s the best way to wash double-coated fleece?
Or perhaps you have secrets about how best to separate the coats? What are the reasons you would keep the coats together, and under what spinning circumstances would you separate them?
Do you know how to replicate Lopi yarn? We want to know, too!
Are you a Shetland expert? How many coats do Shetlands have? Can you tell us about the color variations of Shetlands? How about Icelandic?
Have you done a sampling study with a double-coated fleece? Maybe you can spin the ultimate worsted to woolen range of yarns. We’d love to hear about it.
Have you studied primitive breeds? How many are there? Are they more alike or more different? Have you felted primitive or double-coated fleeces, maybe to make a yurt? Are there sheep that are stilled rooed? What is kemp and how do you remove it?
Do you dye double-coated fleeces? Do they take dye differently when the coats are separated and when they are combined?
Finally, what do you make with double-coated or primitive breed yarns? Designers, we want a couple of great projects!
Proposals of articles and projects are due by March 1, 2020. We’ll get back to you in April, and final pieces are due September 1, 2020.
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The last few moodboards are here:
Winter 2020: Warmth
Autumn 2020: Basics
Summer 2020: Supported Spindle
Spring 2020: Fur