Update on The Wild and Rare Wool Fibers

I spun up a couple more of my Sample Fibers that I showed you in my post titled Wild About Fiber.
Today I want to show you the Stanborough Grey, Warhill and the Coopworth.


In the early 1900s the Eldridge family discovered a small flock of rare Sheep. The sheep were reportedly brought to New Zealand some 20 years earlier from Denmark. The Eldridge’s nurtured the flock and created the Registered breed now known as Stansborough Grey. It is the only flock of it’s kind.


The wool comes in various shades of grey with a staple length of 3-4 inches. It is known to be silky and lustrous. You can see the luster shine in my sample.
This wool was used to create the costumes many of the characters in The Lord Of The Rings movie wore. This includes the fabulous Fellowship Cloaks, Bofur’s Gloves, scarf and Gandalf’s hat. The wool was also showcased in Narnia. Lucy’s Cape, Tumnus’s Scarf and the Centaur’s Scarves were created with Stansborough Wool that had been dyed.

You can find these products and others on their website. You can also purchase the yarn and create your own project. That is something I think I will have to do for myself… Bofur’s Gloves and Scarf are so cool!


Warhill is closed breed developed by Fred Warren in the 1930’s in Wyoming. The breed originated by crossing Rambouillet, Targhee, Columbia and Panama Sheep in an effort to create a sturdy ranch animal.


The efforts have been successful and now the flock is known for their fine wool with lots of crimp. My sample has a slight blue/grey tint.


The other Wool that I spun is Coopworth. This is another breed from New Zealand. It’s considered to be a dual purpose Sheep, meaning it is valued for both it’s fiber and meat. It was originally created from Border Leicester and Romney crosses in the 1960’s. Although it is one of the most predominant breeds in New Zealand, it only came to the United States in the late 1970’s.


My sample is a very nice springy, soft wool. While white is the most common color, Grey and English Blue are available as well as an occasional brown.

I’ll keep you posted as I spin more of my samples!

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2 Responses to Update on The Wild and Rare Wool Fibers

  1. Judi says:

    P.S. Thank you for your pictures of your samples and pictures of the various sheep. I think they add a lot to your information.

  2. Judi says:

    Hello Dona –

    I am enjoying your information and samples about various sheep breeds!
    I look forward to your future information.