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Moorit Shetland Wool Top

Moorit Shetland Wool Top

Regular price $15.00 CAD
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About the fibre

Staple length: 90mm. Micron count: 29-31


The Moorit Shetland sheep wool is tight and even throughout, very soft to the touch with the fibres varying from darker to lighter brown along their length. 

If you are a spinner looking to make luxurious laceweight yarns, this is an excellent option!

Each bag contains 100g of fibre.

Origin: United Kingdom

About the breed

The Shetland Moorit (also known as the Castlemilk Moorit and Castlemilk Shetland) is a rare breed that was originally bred as a decorative sheep for the parkland of Sir John Buchanan Jardine's estate.

This breed was produced by cross-breeding a variety of primitive types: Manx Loaghtan, Shetland, Soay and Wiltshire Horn. This breed was developed not only to beautify the estate, but also produce a fine, kemp-free, moorit-coloured wool.

On the death of Sir John Buchanan-Jardine in 1970 the majority of the flock was culled and a few dispersed, including six ewes and a ram which were bought by Joe Henson at the Cotswold Farm Park. All today’s Castlemilk Moorits are descended from these few dispersed sheep.

The British Rare Breeds Survival Trust lists the breed as "at risk."


Castlemilk Moorit sheep grazing on the headland by Evelyn Simak, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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