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Basic Wool Quality

April 02, 2019 1 min read 2 Comments

Basic Wool Quality

In this video discover two fantastic Pacific Northwest sheep breeds as we answer the top three questions people ask about their wool, and learn the four criteria for a healthy fleece.

Understanding what you have begins with understanding the diversity that's out there. 

— Lydia Christiansen

Never, never, never plan what a fleece is going to become until you've identified what it is.

— Lydia Christiansen


  • Question #1: What do I have? [0:42]
  • Question #2: What's my wool worth? [3:30]
  • Criteria For a Healthy Fleece #1 & 2: Length & Strength [4:13]
  • Criteria For a Healthy Fleece #3: Cleanliness [9:17]
  • Criteria For a Healthy Fleece #4: Micron [11:58]
  • Bonus tip on judging quality in wool [14:03]
  • Question #3: What do I do with my wool? [17:18]


2 Responses

Angela Dent
Angela Dent

May 21, 2019

I am new to fibre preparation and this video is so useful and informative. I learnt so much and you broke it down into really meaningful chunks which made it really easy to follow. Thankyou. I am looking forward to more videos to help me on my fibre journey. I just found your podcast which is equally brilliant.


May 20, 2019

This is so helpful!!! I got some fiber from a friend and can’t wait to dig in and find out more about working with wool. I hope you keep making videos!!

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