What it Takes

Mar. 27 2014
How it's Made

0053, the brown ewe with a single black lamb, was born on this farm as a twin one very dark midnight two years ago. Her mother, brown too, came from Oregon and her sire, all white, from Minnesota.

The white ewe – 0003 – with a white lamb also was born here; her grandfather was Australian, and the father of her lamb is the twin brother of 0053.

22x, still in the jug, came from Minnesota. The sire of the handsome black twins (and 0053’s lamb too) came from far northeast Ohio.

dad sheep

Wool that is not white has its own fascination. It is not the same color, from year to year, and at its outer tips it can be bleached by the sun. It has the same lustre as white wool from Border Leicesters but it does not require dyeing.

Because Border Leicester wool is coarse and is appropriate for carpets, in times gone by it was not economically sensible to breed the black out of the sheep that produced it. It did make sense for the finer wool breeds, because their wool was used for clothes. So as a consequence we can find Border Leicesters whose wool is not white or, like 22x, are white but can produce dark lambs. And find it we do, even at a distance.

private reserve wool woven
Wool Woven Oblong Grid with Private Reserve Wool

You see what can be done with their wool. It’s the right stuff.

©Jerry Wigglesworth, March 2014