Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Mermaid Tales

Wensleydale x Romney Locks - Mermaid Tales


"She would be half the world away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by the moonlight" 

~ Janet Fitch

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I was aiming for a mix of aquas/teals/turquoises/mint, and as soon as I pulled these out of the pot, my daughter exclaimed “MERMAID HAIR!” Funny thing is, before I dyed up all these locks, I actually wrote down several name ideas, and then tried to think about which colors might fit. Then, somewhere in the process, that switched - I started dyeing up colors, and trying to think of names that fit. I definitely wanted to do something mermaid (or merman, either one works really), but I was having difficulty figuring out the best colorway for that. I guess she answered that question!

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.