a bit more about my nettle-dyed wool…
Just a quickie today as it’s been a busy weekend. We visited the Smallholder Show at the Royal Welsh Showground yesterday and I was in sheep heaven! More about that soon….
Anyhow, I just wanted to show you what the nettle-dyed wensleydale looks like now it’s all been spun….
I’m really pleased with how it turned out – pleased and also quite surprised. I didn’t enjoy spinning the wensleydale as much as usual – I found it difficult and was certain that the end result would be a right-off. Wensleydale wool has quite a long staple length – up to 30cm – much longer than I’m used to and I think that’s why I found it more of a challenge. I’m sure with practice it would become easier and given the lovely lustre of the wool, I think it’s certainly worth spending time practicing. Wensleydale sheep are classed as ‘At Risk’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and, as I’m keen support the conservation of rare breeds via my spinning, that’s another reason for me to persevere.