Roving

All our natural and dyed wool roving is from our sheep flock and is offered directly to you for all your spinning pleasures. Other fibers included in blends are carefully selected for color and texture compatibility with our wool.

Spinning oil (a vegetable product) is added by the processor when roving is created to control the static electricity in the fiber as it flies through the machinery. If your roving should feel tacky or sticky, it is only a result of this added oil. It can easily be washed out by soaking in hot water and detergent either before spinning, or after the fiber is spun into yarn.

All dyeing is done here at the farm by hand. No two dye lots of roving will ever be quite the same, so be sure to purchase enough for your project. When it's gone - it's gone! If I do not have a sufficient quantity left to fill your order I will contact you immediately.

Remember that all computer monitors show colors a bit differently, plus my camera skills are not so great. If precise shade is important for your project please ask for a sample to be sent to you before ordering.

Note: Shipments outside the US will likely incur higher shipping costs than are calculated on this site. Please contact me prior to purchase so I can determine pricing for you.

Are you a felter? Wondering how Cotswold behaves? It does felt easily but being a fiber without much crimp it doesn't shrink much side-to-side or have a bouncy 'give' to the finished felt. It does have excellent strength even when thin, so don't be afraid to try some! Here's one felter's experience:

         " Recently I asked you about wet felting with cotswold, followed shortly by an order for two of your roving blends. (which delighted me upon their arrival. They are cloud soft!) You expressed an interest in my view after I'd had a chance to try felting with it. The short version is that my view is much like yours. I am a beginning felter but have a little experience with both romney and merino, and now just one experience with your cotswold.

It came out well in terms of structure, and beautiful in terms of your color blend. It's flat and uniform. It handled easily for me, similar to romney and easier than merino. I don't full as much as some other people so my piece is not as hard as it might be. However, it seems strong. It's not cushy but I can hardly keep my hands off it, and it's soft enough that I'm thinking of making a neck scarf.

I like it well enough that today I plan to order a little more. Thank you for such a high quality product! "

Carol T.


Natural Colored 100% Wool
Roving :

Buttermilk

Mixed medium breeds

This roving is a combination of several white, medium grade fleeces. It spins very nicely into a squishy, bouncy yarn with a good bit of stretch and sproingy-ness. The fiber is matte with little to no luster. The yarn definately has a light gold overtone and is lovely if you don't want bright white, or you could easily dye it to suit your needs.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 per lb


Roving :

The Boys

CVM/Rambouillet/Cotswold/Bor.Leic.

This roving is made entirely from Brick and Castillo's fleeces - hence, 'the boys'.  I'm so pleased with this roving - perfect shade of natural gray (very slight variation in shading) which can stand alone or be dyed.  Soft hand, some sheen and it drafts like butter.  Squishy but strong.  Very versatile.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 per lb


Dyed 100% Wool Roving
Roving :

Wine Country

Mixed medium and longwool breeds

Gray Cotswold and Border Leicester fleeces dyed with shades of burgundy wine. A good dark purple with slight variation in shading due to the grays used.

Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning and a great yarn. 

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Wool Blends
Roving :

Garden Party

Medium white wool/White Firestar/Dyed Silk

This roving spins into such a pretty yarn.  The picture doesn't do it justice as I couldn't get it as white as it really is without washing out the blips of color.  Bright white wool and sparkly firestar (not crazypants amounts, just enough to catch the light) and streaks of silk dyed in flower colors - yellow, orange, green, lavender - make a pretty yarn that makes me think of ladies in white dresses playing croquet on a lawn in front of a mansion.  Yeah, I've read a romance novel or two in my day.  Spins like a dream and the random colors of silk keep it interesting.  

$2.50 per oz

$36.00 per lb


Roving :

Skunky

Mixed medium and longwool breeds

Very dark - almost black wool - streaked with bright white mulberry silk.  Spins into a dark squishy yarn with flecks and streaks of white that pop.  Fun!

$2.25 per oz

$34.00 per lb


Dyed 100% Cotswold Roving
Roving :

Autumn Blaze

Wow, this roving is a grove of maple trees in October! Bright yellow, cherry red and a double dose of dark gold pull this together into the perfect autumn colors. The dark gold keeps it all from getting out of control so you have bright fall colors but it's not garish. Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Blue Lagoon

I like the way this came out!  Turquoise, acid green and black!  Sounds about as compatible as oil and water but I think it works!  Certainly different.  I haven't used much black in colorways before but I appreciate the way it anchors the brighter colors and I already have some plans in my head.   Pure Cotswold, so it spins very easily and has luster.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Buttercup

A pure, good bright yellow. A clear color, like buttercup or dandelion.  Spins  beautifully and has the great luster of Cotswold.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Easter Egg

This tri-color roving is bright pink, pale blue and dark purple. I find some computer monitors show the dark color as navy blue but it is actually a dark purple. The three colors work well together but do stand out distinctly from each other in a spun yarn. Plying gives an especially nice marbled effect. There is luster because it's Cotswold and it spins like a dream!

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Ferns And Moss

It's baa-aaack! This popular colorway is a striped combo of gold, emerald green and chestnut. The picture doesn't do it justice. All monitors show colors differently but I'm not seeing the right green in here. Even my 'big girl camera' isn't capturing how pretty it is and I'm sure it's my fault, not the camera. The spun yarn is predominantly a medium grassy green with gold and chestnut blips. It's outdoorsy and warm with the high sheen of Cotswold. It also drafts perfectly - practically spins itself. Beautiful, and one of my favorites.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Squash Blossom

I thought I was getting all wild with orange and spruce and natural gray - turns out this roving is similar to Ferns and Moss but 'cooler' and softer. The colors make me think of working barefoot in the garden when the zucchini leaves are just starting to get dry and dusty. Pretty!  And has a very pleasant hand too.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Tropical Sea

Very light blue, a medium green and a darker blue/teal color work together to make a blue/green yarn that manages to look warm and inviting, like the water in a shallow tropical cove. All you need is a beach chair and a pina colada. What a treat to spin in the dark of winter. (Sorry, little paper umbrella not included.)

And of course, it has the sheen of Cotswold.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Unicorn Dreams

This colorway - teal/fluorescent pink/butter yellow - is far out of my usual realm but was well received at the last festival. The three shades do balance each other pretty well and all three show in the yarn and none of them is a bully.  It's pure Cotswold so it spins easily and has a nice shine.  I can just see little girls in sweaters made from this.  Or bigger girls too. Or boys.  It's all good.   ;-)  

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb


Roving :

Wild Berry

This group of fleeces was especially nice - good luster, soft and drape-y hand, and it nearly spins itself.  There are actually three colors here - blue, red and purple - but the red and purple pretty much blended together.  Still, the yarn is very pretty and could be used for just about anything/anyone.

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb