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In Handspinning Rare Wools, Deborah Robson will dive into the history of sheep breeds, the history of wool and how you can handspin these rare wools. She’ll explore 38 rare breeds of sheep, their breeders, fiber characteristics, and more. You’ll find a new wealth of knowledge about American originals, Welsh and Border breeds, and Old British breeds.

Video Run Time: 03:08:00 

You’ll Love This Spinning Video If:
  • You like learning about the history and characteristics of sheep
  • If you’re intrigued by genetics and stories of sheep breeders
  • You enjoy learning the details behind your favorite fibers

In Handspinning Rare Wools You’ll Learn:

  • The characteristics of 38 rare breeds of sheep
  • The effects of carding, washing, combing your fibers
  • The history of each breed and how they got to where they are today

A Word From the Author:

"North Ronaldsays come in a variety of types, as do the Shetlands, although what’s interesting here is it seems that some of the variation in fleece type goes along with variation in color. Genetics are so complex that if you change one thing that you mean to change, then you maybe change another thing that you don’t mean to change." — Deborah Robson

About the Author:

Former editor of SpinOff Magazine and Interweave book editor, Deborah Robson, has been dedicated to spinning and knitting for more than 12 years. It is said that her publishing company, Nomad Press, is best known for publishing special topics in spinning and knitting that are normally not published elsewhere.



“Deborah Robson really knows her stuff! I am so grateful for this video. I am conducting my own lifelong Breed Study and this has added an important piece to my own learning and understanding of both rare breeds and spinning. Thank you very much.” - Carol Whitehouse

Informative and Interesting

“This is a fascinating video! There’s so much information about the different breeds, and tips on how to process, spin and use them. Deb Robson’s enthusiasm and passion is contagious. I loved this workshop!” - Amy Schemidt

I really enjoyed this

“... [I] want to save all the sheep now too! The geography and history were so interesting and I honestly was emotionally invested by the time I finished watching. Anyone that uses wool in their handcraft should see this. Great information and presented with such love for the wee beasties. :D” - Gisela Towner