Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Berry Jeweled

Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Berry Jeweled


“On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels…” - Charles Dickens

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They’re the stains on vanilla ice cream when you add a handful of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries on top.
They’re the color of a mixed berry smoothie on a hot summer day.
They’re the warm gooey insides of a wildberry pie.
The jam/jelly/preserves you put on your toast on a lazy Sunday morning.

They’re sweet like nostalgia, like the long summer days at the summer cottage in the countryside, with firefly glitter dancing in the grass, that you wished would never end.

These locks come from a fleece I ordered from across the pond, one that is a cross between Wensleydale and Romney. Some of the fleece’s locks more closely resemble that of Wensleydale (curly), and some are closer to that of Romney (crimpy/wavy). The curls are tighter towards the tip, but the base is soft, open and on the fuzzy side, making these great for spinning (especially tailspinning) and felting. This particular listing is for 1 (one) ounce of curly locks, which average 5-7” in length (8 if you stretch them out). Most are on the longer side. They’ve been pulled apart prior to dyeing, and as such are ready to work with straight out of the bundle.

These locks have been gently hand processed, carefully and lovingly hand dyed one ounce at a time with acid dyes and heat set. I always give my wool a wash post-dye in warm water with a bit of soap, followed by a rinse with vinegar and lavender (you won’t smell the vinegar, but you may notice some lavender) until the water runs clear. This is to help rinse out any dye that didn’t set. However, since each artist's water, soap, detergent and processing varies, there is always a chance that the wool may bleed some when wet felting (or washing post-spinning). If your final artwork or garment requires cleaning, gently hand wash in cold water and dry it flat.