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April 02, 2019 1 min read

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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