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

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.

$1.75 per oz

$26.00 per lb


Roving :

Cinnamon Bun

Several moorit fleeces batched together and made into roving! There are subtle variations in shading throughout the roving that gives the resultant yarn a lovely depth of color. Think of coffee with a lot of milk added and you've stirred and pulled the spoon out and the color isn't quite blended yet. Yeah, that. Fleeces used were medium grade so there is a lot of squish and bounce to this yarn. Also a little bit of luster. Spins by itself! (Almost) ;-)

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Roving :

Wood Smoke

This dark roving is a mix of parts of several dark fleeces. It's definately in the black/gray range without brown overtones. It does have some luster. Some lighter gray areas of the roving will pop in a pleasant subtle way when spun. This has a long wool (Cotswold and Border Leicester) component that reduces bounce somewhat but makes up for it in a smoother preparation and some luster.

A real pleasure to spin.

$1.75 per oz

$26.00 per lb

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Dyed 100% Wool Roving
Roving :

Blue Jeans

Sky blue dye plus dark gray wool equals a roving the exact color of your favorite pair of jeans. A beautiful blue with gray overtones. It will work into a drape-y yarn just as comforting as those jeans, too.

This blend is largely Cotswold with a little Border Leicester wool. Silky hand and high luster make for easy spinning and a great yarn.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 per lb

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Roving :

Wine Country

Gray Cotswold and Border Leicester fleeces dyed with shades of burgundy wine. A good medium-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. 

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Wool Blends
Roving :

Brown Sugar

Cotswold Lamb and Alpaca (65/35)

"Brown Sugar" is the name of this yummy lamb/alpaca blend. White Cotswold lamb wool blended with red alpaca fiber makes this super easy-to-spin roving the exact color of light brown sugar. Soft hand, some sheen from the Cotswold, and fabric will have a nice drape.

This is really lovely stuff!

$1.75 per oz

$25.00 per lb

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Roving :

Fairy Dust

Cotswold Lamb and Firestar (90/10)

White Cotswold lamb wool with just 10% firestar added. It's amazing how little colored fiber it takes to tint white wool! This fun to spin roving has a haze of purple, green and rust firestar which makes a beautiful yarn with soft pastel tones of blue, green and pink! And the firestar adds gittery sparkle although it's quite subtle in the yarn. This is very pretty stuff and a joy to spin!

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb

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Roving :

Marble

Cotswold Lamb and Alpaca (70/30)

What a yummy and soft lamb/alpaca blend! White Cotswold lamb wool blended with black alpaca fiber makes this super easy-to-spin roving a beguiling swirl of grays. Soft hand, some sheen from the Cotswold, and fabric will have a nice drape.

This is really lovely stuff!

$2.25 per oz

$32.00 per lb

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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.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 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.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 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!

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 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.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 per lb


Roving :

In A Pickle

This is a rather quirky color. Somewhere between green and yellow it looks to me like the juice left when the dill pickle jar is empty - just a little sour and may make your eyeballs pucker. ;-)

Spins beautifully and has the great luster of Cotswold.

Just 1 lb, 2 oz. left

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 per lb

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Roving :

Santa's Suit

A nice, medium plain red. Think of Santa Claus or Little Red Riding Hood - that kind of red. Easy drafting and lovely to spin.

And of course, it has the sheen of Cotswold.

Currently 8 oz. available.

$2.00 per oz


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.

$2.00 per oz

$29.00 per lb


Roving :

Twilight Time

"Heavenly shades of night are falling, it's twilight time." Remember that song? Here are those colors of dusk in a Cotswold roving - burgundy purple, salmon and dark teal. The roving is deceptively busy - when spun into yarn the colors break up nicely, leaving the salmon and teal to pop nicely against the predominant dark purple. Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning.

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