Shetland wool comes in the most variety of colors of any breed. Shetlands have 11 main colors and 30 markings. The average Shetland fleece weighs between 2 to 4 pounds, with staple length averaging 2 to 4 1/2 inches.
There are 3 types of Shetland fleece:
Kindly/Single-Coat: Extremely soft and downy, usually very crimpy and dense. Roos nicely if caught in time. Short staple, typically 2 to 4 inches in length. Has a tendency to collect debris, but this can be easily removed through the use of the combing process during fiber preparation. Ideal for the softest, next-to-the-skin garments such as baby clothes.
Longish and Wavy: Most typically seen. Fleece lengths are normally in the 4 to 6 inch range, with a slight “wispiness” on the ends of each lock. The fleece has a very open quality with the ends of each lock well-closed. Spins very easily. Nice for worsted wool applications, as in fine woven fabrics or knitwear with well-defined patterns that must be retained, as in Fair Isle sweaters.
Beaver/Double-Coated: Long and luxurious. Fleece lengths are usually in the 6 to 10 inch and even longer range. The ideal double coat has well-defined separate coats that can be readily separated. The outer coat is hair like, while the undercoat is soft and downy. The two coats may be spun separately or together. The outer coats serves as a protective layer against harsher weather. This is the most versatile fleece.
(The above information was gathered from the NASSA website)
Our sheep are not coated.
We will post our fleeces as they become available