Fun fact: Gotland fleece was used to weave the capes in the Lord of the Rings movies. Is there anything else to say?
- From each 20g jumble of washed fleece Gotland LOCKS you can pull individual locks for felting and spinning. I can see some pretty nice gnome beards coming from these locks. Or sdd texture to 3D sculptures of owls, birds, wild-haired crones and, well, sheep.
- Gotland locks were washed as a whole fleece and will arrive as a handful of lustrous and soft, silky curls. Each individual curl of wool (lock!) has been pulled from the fleece before washing, lined up with all the cut ends at one end and washed one at a time then tied in a bundle. Whew! It’s very labour intensive but so worth it.
- These locks come from a special woman-run farm in Ontario that is one of the few spinners' flocks in Canada. The sheep breeds raised are specifically for spinning fibre that is has lustre and softness. They use a feeding system that reduces vegetable matter from getting into the fleece (because we all know “vm” is a pain to get out when you're processing wool!)
The locks were washed as a whole fleece and will arrive as a handful of lustrous and soft, silky curls. Each lock is approximately 7cm long and well-defined.
All the locks at Maplerose are veggie matter-free and from ewes ‘ - as anyone who knows fleece will wants to make sure it's not stinky ram fleece!