(206) FULL ~ Spinning with Northern Short-Tailed Breeds. Part 1 of 2

NOTE: This is a 1-day, 2-session class. We will explore some of the different fleece types from the Northern European Short Tail breeds. Students will receive clean locks from at least three types.
At present we are considering the most readily available breeds: Finn, Gotland, Icelandic and Shetland. There are others that are more obscure and we are hoping to provide at least samples of some of them: Ouessant, Romanov, Spaelsau, Manx Loaghtan, Soay.

Different preparation methods such as combing, carding, spinning from the locks and flicking will be used in combination with drafting techniques suitable for various purposes.

The morning session will include a short history of the Northern Short-Tail Breeds as well as different preparation/spinning methods. The afternoon will be spent spinning samples from each of the representative sheep breeds.


X-Judi Lehrhaupt and Nelda Davis

Experience Level:


Class Length:

One-day Class

Class Day/Time:

Friday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Materials fee:

$30 covers kit includes shipping and contains generous samples of washed locks of the following four breeds: Shetland, Finnish Landrace, Gotland, and Icelandic; workshop-labeled folder; 20 page workshop handout; hole-punched sheet for mounting spun samples. To purchase a kit, email Judi at judispeech@gmail.com. Deadline to order is June 10, 2021.

Student Supplies:

  • Spinning wheel in good working condition.
  • At least three bobbins preferably empty with plied leaders.
  • Sample size niddy noddys to wind about 1 yard.
  • Scotch tape.
  • Extra fine Sharpie markers.
  • Notebook and writing implements.
  • Sharp scissors.
  • Hand carders.
  • Combs.
  • Flicker (hand cards can be used for flicking fiber).