Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Flaming Fireball

Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Flaming Fireball


Call the fire department, because these locks are on FIRE

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A struggle I’ve had with getting good photos of my locks is that the photos really don’t do them justice. Especially with these flaming fireball locks. Some of the locks actually have yellows and oranges that seem to twist within the individual locks themselves. It’s as if they captured the essence of a flame - which, to be honest, flames are also difficult to capture on camera. Although I’m personally drawn more towards colors on the cooler end of the color spectrum, I am in love with how these came out.

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.