Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Chocolate Embers

Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Chocolate Embers


“The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.”
- Henry David Thoreau

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I grew up spending entire summers camping, living in our swimsuits in Heber Springs, Arkansas. My parents would tag-team their work vacation time, despite that the site was 3 hours drive from home, so one week my dad was with us, the next week my mom, and weekends everyone was together. If we were lucky, we could get nearly a month of living in a tent, days spent floating in the lake, and nights by the campfire.

The campfire was special - my parents love music, and they would bring their instruments and Polish folk songs (even better when their friends joined, also bringing their instruments and voices). On a rare occasion there was a complaint, or maybe there wasn’t, but just a park ranger doing their duty to inform my parents that quiet hours were in effect. More often, we’d have other campers stroll on over to listen. I remember lying in the tent, serenaded to sleep as they sang.

These locks look just like a campfire at night; the soft, warm glow of reds and orange, among the chocolate brown of wood before it’s charred to a warm black.

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.