Roving

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All our natural and dyed wool roving is from our sheep flock and is offered directly to you for all your spinning pleasures. Other fibers included in blends are carefully selected for color and texture compatibility with our wool.

Spinning oil (a vegetable product) is added by the processor when roving is created to control the static electricity in the fiber as it flies through the machinery. If your roving should feel tacky or sticky, it is only a result of this added oil. It can easily be washed out by soaking in hot water and detergent either before spinning, or after the fiber is spun into yarn.

All dyeing is done here at the farm by hand. No two dye lots of roving will ever be quite the same, so be sure to purchase enough for your project. When it's gone - it's gone! If I do not have a sufficient quantity left to fill your order I will contact you immediately.

Remember that all computer monitors show colors a bit differently, plus my camera skills are not so great. If precise shade is important for your project please ask for a sample to be sent to you before ordering.

Note: Shipments outside the US will likely incur higher shipping costs than are calculated on this site. Please contact me prior to purchase so I can determine pricing for you.

Are you a felter? Wondering how Cotswold behaves? It does felt easily but being a fiber without much crimp it doesn't shrink much side-to-side or have a bouncy 'give' to the finished felt. It does have excellent strength even when thin, so don't be afraid to try some! Here's one felter's experience:

         " Recently I asked you about wet felting with cotswold, followed shortly by an order for two of your roving blends. (which delighted me upon their arrival. They are cloud soft!) You expressed an interest in my view after I'd had a chance to try felting with it. The short version is that my view is much like yours. I am a beginning felter but have a little experience with both romney and merino, and now just one experience with your cotswold.

It came out well in terms of structure, and beautiful in terms of your color blend. It's flat and uniform. It handled easily for me, similar to romney and easier than merino. I don't full as much as some other people so my piece is not as hard as it might be. However, it seems strong. It's not cushy but I can hardly keep my hands off it, and it's soft enough that I'm thinking of making a neck scarf.

I like it well enough that today I plan to order a little more. Thank you for such a high quality product! "

Carol T.


Natural Colored 100% Wool
Roving : Black Coffee

Black Coffee

Mixed medium and long breeds
A very nice handling blend of the darkest wools from the flock. There are a very few silver fibers throughout but this is a nearly solid dark roving. Some nice luster but also some bounce. An easy drafting roving and a pleasure to spin.


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Roving : Marshmallow

Marshmallow

Mixed medium and long breeds
This roving is a combination of several white, medium and long wool fleeces. It spins very nicely into a squishy, bouncy yarn with a good bit of stretch and sproingy-ness.  There is even a nice bit of luster from the long wool (Cotswold) component.  The yarn is quite white and bright, too!  Very nice.  We've been out of mixed breed white roving for some time and I expect this to go quickly.  
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb

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Roving : Pewter

Pewter

100% Cotswold

Pewter is a handsome gray roving made from several of our natural colored Cotswold fleeces.  It has some nice shine, a solid hand is is sooo easy to spin!  Pretty by itself or could be over dyed for rich color with subtle depth.  This is a popular roving - don't miss out!




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Roving : Toast

Toast

Mixed medium breeds
We batched together several moorit fleeces from CVM/Rambouillet and other crossbreds in our flock.  There is a subtle variation in shading as some fleeces were dark moorit and others were very pale. The natural color is a warm toast but it's light enough that one could overdye it if desired. The yarn is very squishy and bouncy, quite soft and has a bit of sparkly luster.  Spins easily.





$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb

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Roving : Wood Smoke

Wood Smoke

Mixed medium and longwool breeds
This medium gray roving is a mix of parts of many natural colored fleeces. Very slight brown overtones but mostly a pleasant gray. It does have some luster. Some lighter and darker gray areas of the roving will pop in a pleasant subtle way when spun and yields a very pleasant, squishy hand and nice softness even with the longwool content.  
A real pleasure to spin.


$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb

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Dyed 100% Wool Roving
Roving : Blue Jeans

Blue Jeans

Mixed medium and long breeds
Sky blue dye plus dark shades of gray wool equals a roving the exact color of your favorite faded pair of jeans. A soft, grayish dusty blue with darker gray overtones. It will work into a drape-y yarn just as comforting as those jeans, too.
This blend is a mix of long and medium wools from the flock. Smooth hand and some luster make for easy spinning and a nicely versatile yarn.
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Roving : Wine Country

Wine Country

Mixed medium and longwool breeds
Gray Cotswold,  Border Leicester and medium grade fleeces dyed with shades of burgundy wine. A good dark purple with slight variation in shading due to the grays used.
Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning and a great yarn.  This is quite popular and won't be on the shelf long.


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Dyed 100% Cotswold Roving
Roving : Embers

Embers
Deep red, orange and charcoal blend together to make a roving and yarn that looks like smoldering embers in a campfire.  Not bright colors, but very warm and darkish.  This roving is 100% Cotswold so it has good luster and spins sooo easily.  You can spin the shades together for a more muted yarn or choose to separate the colors a bit so they pop more against each other.  Either way, it's lovely.

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Roving : Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not
Medium sky blue, a little bit of darker spruce and strong chartreuse combine to make a yarn the color of tiny blue forget-me-nots.  The spruce doesn't show as much as I had thought it would but the pretty yarn looks like a cool spring day to me.
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving : Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

100% Cotswold
Lilac, orange and grass green.  Wow!  Those are party colors for sure!  A nice balance of colors - all take their turn showing up and none are overwhelmed. This is a 'frosted' roving, meaning the orange and lilac are wrapped around the green core.  If you spin without separating the colors you will get a Monet-style watercolor with an orange cast overall (like top skein).  If you unwrap the colors and spin them separately in sequence you'll have more distinct pops of color.  Fun either way!  Spins easily into a pretty, happy yarn.
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving : Persimmon

Persimmon

Cotswold
What a pleasant orange color!  It leans a tiny bit toward a yellow-orange rather than a red or brown orange and 'pumpkin' sounded too bland.  This is a color that makes a statement but only uses one exclamation mark.  ;-) 
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving : Plum Purty

Plum Purty

Cotswold
This pretty roving is light plum, almost lilac, and has a great luster and hand.  So smooth to handle it practically spins itself.  
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving : Sage

Sage

Cotswold
What a lovely, soft, dusty green this is.  Nice hand, good luster and practically drafts itself.  This color would coordinate with almost anything.
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving : Turquoise

Turquoise

Cotswold
This roving is a beautiful, intense, slightly greenish blue just like the stone it's named for.  Nice hand and good luster.  
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving : Wild Berry

Wild Berry
This group of fleeces was especially nice - good luster, soft and drape-y hand, and it nearly spins itself.  There are actually three colors here - blue, red and purple - but the red and purple pretty much blended together.  Still, the yarn is very pretty and could be used for just about anything/anyone.
$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb