Teeswater wool is characterized by long, natural curls that can grow up to one inch per month. The raw fleece from an individual animal usually weighs 8-15 pounds. The fiber has a soft handle, with a diameter range of 30-36 microns. The wool has a lustrous quality that retains the pearly sheen even after washing, dyeing and spinning.
Teeswater sheep at Saddlehorn Ranch are sheared annually, and the hand-picked, premium locks are generally 8-12 inches in length. These long, curly white locks are perfect for doll hair and for tailspinning, but the artistic possibilities are endless. Teeswater fringe is outstanding on scarves, sweaters and bags.
The shorter locks are perfect for spinning smooth, silky yarns, as well as soft, bulky-textured yarns. Teeswater wool is commonly used to make hats, scarves, sweaters, and blankets, but it is also used for rugs, toy animal fur, and Santa beards.
Teeswater wool can also be blended with other types of fiber (various wools and mohair) to add a soft, pearly sheen to any project. Many fiber artists use the wool bits for felt, tapestry, doll stuffing, sculpture, and other crafts.