Flying Fibers Roving
Flying Fibers offers the widest selection of roving in Central, PA
Fibers in-stock include:
- English Wensleydale: Wool from this breed is acknowledged as the finest lustre long wool in the world. The fleece from a purebred sheep is considered kemp free and curled or purled on out to the end.
- North American Wensleydale from Flying Fibers Flock (when available): Wool from the NA Wensleydale is very close to that of the English Wensleydale in feel and texture. New stock is added after each shearing of our flock, quantities are limited.
- Blue Faced Leicester: The wool of a BFL is classified as a longwool breed because of the way their locks of wool are formed. Its fleece is in high demand from handspinners and fiber artists because of its "next to the skin" softness and lustrous shine. These qualities produce a yarn that has excellent drape. The fleece of the BFL grows in tightly purled locks and when parted, opens cleanly to the skin.
- Merino: The Merino is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. The breed is originally from Turkey and central Spain (Castille), and its wool was highly valued already in the Middle Ages. Today, Merinos are still regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.
- Leicester Longwool (when available): English Leicester sheep date back to the 1700s, and were found in the Midland counties of England. It was developed by Robert Bakewell, who was the foremost exponent of modern animal-breeding techniques in the selection of livestock. The fleece should be dense (having thick and blocky clumps of wool also known as the staple). It should be lustrous, indicating the shine on the wool, and should have a well-defined crimp or wave from skin to tip. The common fibre diameter for an English Leicester is 32 to 38 micrometres (microns).
- Cotswold: Today, Cotswold wool is especially luxurious when hand-combed using wool combs to make a true worsted roving. In true worsted wool there is little or no "itch," because all the tips of the fibers (as they grew on the sheep) point in one direction and the end sheared from the sheep's skin points in the other direction. This produces a knit very like mohair. In fact Cotswold wool has often been called "poor man's mohair." Cotswold wool is exceedingly strong, added by knitters to sock heels and toes to give extra strength to socks, and to elbows in hand-knitted sweaters. When worn in the woodlands, one doesn't leave bits of one's sweater in the brush. To the contrary: The brush is often torn from its stalk by the stout-fibered wool.
- Manx Loghtan: The Manx Loaghtan is a small primitive sheep, one of the rare breeds of sheep on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The breed originates from the prehistoric short-tailed breeds of sheep found in isolated parts of North West Europe where they survived because they were not replaced by more developed breeds.
- Natural Coloured sheeps wool: a medium grade wool grown locally.
- Yak: (bos grunniens) is a long-haired bovine that yields two basic types of fiber. The permanent, coarse outer "guard hairs" are ideal for braiding or weaving into utilitarian items such as bags, tents, saddle blankets, ropes or halters. The soft inner "down" fiber, which insulates the yak during winter and is shed each spring, is spun into luxury yarn for a soft, cashmere-like wool.
- Milk: is a blend of casein protein and the chemical acrylonitrile, which is used to make acrylic. It's made using a process that is similar to rayon/viscose, but because it's a regenerated protein fiber and not a regenerated cellulose fiber, it reacts like wool. That means that it dyes like wool and even smells like wool when burned, according to Kiplinger.
We regularly have additional local fibers in stock when available.
Flying Fibers Roving
a sampling of our fibers available in-stock
329C Main Street
Landisville, PA 17538