Spinning Sheep Breeds

Taught by Rachel Smith, explore the different classes of wool available to hand-spinners in this extensive workshop. An excellent foundation of learning, particularly for spinners new to spinning different sheep breeds and learning about the various types of wool.

Rachel Smith · April 15, 2021

Join instructor Rachel Smith in this extensive workshop exploring various sheep breeds available for spinning, including fine and medium wools, long and down, and double-coated and primitive wools. Within each class of wool, we will explore what classifies them within that category, some of the uniting characteristics and reflections about the yarns we can create with these different wools available to hand-spinners. 

Spinning Sheep Breeds will provide an excellent ground for you to continue your own study of wool, spinning and yarn. Included in this workshop, we:

  • learn the differences between wool classified as fine, medium, long, down and primitive wools.
  • show how to spin the wool and the thoughts behind these choices.
  • explore uses for the yarns we make from various wools.
  • talk about project planning and inspire you to use your own handspun.

This workshop is not meant to be exhaustive but is meant to provide a good foundation of learning, particularly for those new to spinning different sheep breeds and recognizing that there are various types of wool.


Share your course progress and work with us! You can find the chat over at the SOS Community Forums and tag us on Instagram with #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia. 

Reminder to join us today for our final Zoom meetup as part of the Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece with Kim McKenna @claddaghfibrearts! Starting today, November 10th at 11:00 AM PT (2:00 PM ET), bring along the fleece you've scoured, prepped, and spun over the past six weeks and share it with us as we wrap up this fabulous and fun group study. ⁠

Find the Zoom link at the SOS Events Calendar (link in IG bio). We'll see you soon!⁠



#sosspinning #sosspinningstudygroup #schoolofsweetgeorgia #fleeceprep #fibreprep #handspun #claddaghfibrearts

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As daily life can become busy, taking back a bit of every day for crafting is my happy place. Learning new skills by myself can feel challenging and being the only fiber-obsessed human in my household, lonely too. There is a reason make-alongs are so popular with so many crafters: even if we love our “me time,” sharing the process and the takeaways make it more meaningful as it didn’t stay only with us, but may have helped someone else too.⁠

At Greta Cornejo's @gretacornejomakes new article: Level Up Your Fibre Arts Skills with Study Groups, Greta shares more about how these study guides have helped her along her own journey of exploring the different SOS course content. Helping her to level up her own learning. Find the article at the SOS site (direct link in bio)!

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Julia

I love it when I know the sheep’s name 🥰

First baggie of fleece for my School of SweetGeorgia raw fleece study is done.

39% Gotland, Dorset & Charollais: 58yds, 37g, 707ypp, 13wpi, 9bpi, 10% elasticity.

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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Beginning

Working from raw fleece study continues.

It isn’t just about washing dirty fleece. It’s examining the wool, determining the best way to scour it and processing the fleece in a way to make each lock of wool come to life and reach its fullest potential.

I expect to have some failures along the way but I also see some great successes.

This is just the beginning ❤️

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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It's week three at our Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece and we'll be focusing on the fibre prep process along with some spinning and sampling too! ⁠

There are tutorials to easily reference the different fibre prep techniques, plus download Kim McKenna's @claddaghfibrearts great Sampling Fibre to Yarn worksheet for compiling all the options you could have in your fibre prep. This can then help determine which way you want to fibre prep the rest of your scoured fibre. Also now available for viewing is last week's recording from our Zoom Progress Meetup with chapter notes to quickly find all of the helpful info shared there. ⁠Read more at the week three update at the study group page!

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Brännö fleece ready for a wash. As a longwool it is very lustrous but it is also suprisingly soft. Interestingly enough, I haven't seen this breed listed anywhere and it seems to have few sheep and fewer shepherds.
I'm curious to experience the spinning and process of turning it into cloth.

I've been sampling scouring methods and spun up a little sample this week.

If you had these beautiful locks in your hands, what would you make?

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#sosspinning study group: 28 g of cormo fleece singles spun to be plied like my middle 2-ply sample in the middle of my sample card. Using loads from both claddaghfibrearts courses schoolofsweetgeorgia

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From scouring, fibre prep and sampling in the #sosspinning study group schoolofsweetgeorgia

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About Instructor

Rachel Smith

Wool n' Spinning ? for the love of making yarn #useyourhandspun wife | mama | INFP | handspun | knit | weave | RN

3 Courses

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Course Includes

  • 26 Lessons
  • Course Certificate
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