The Wool Comes Off ...

Shearing begins

Shearing day 2009: Bob Schroth of Strasburg, Colorado shears Arturus ...

Customer Comments ...

Current Prices ...

Please e-mail your questions about fleeces, wool, sheep, or our other items, payment and shipping to Joanna & Keith Gleason at gfwsheep@gfwsheep.com or call 303.823.0837

Payment can be made by sending your check to
1553 Stagecoach Trail, Lyons, Colorado 80540.

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All of our roving is suitable for hand spinning or felting and is ready for dyeing or over-dyeing.


  • White Bond roving - spinning count 58s - 62s: $26 per Half pound + shipping.
  • Medium Brown Bond roving - spinning count 58s: $26 per Half pound + shipping.
  • Dark Chocolate Brown Bond roving - spinning count 58s: $26 per Half pound + shipping.
  • Near-Black Bond X Corriedale roving - spinning count 58s: $26 per Halfpound + shipping.
  • Tweedie a blend of silver, white, and black Bond X Corriedale - spinning count 58s: $26 per Half pound + shipping.

    * Please note: roving has been shipped out and back to the processor, then washed and carded by the processor. The cost of roving reflects this, plus the "shrink" or loss of weight to lanolin and dust in washing and carding (approximately 65% to 75% yield of clean wool ... this means that a 10 pound grease fleece will yield on average 6 to 8 pounds of clean wool).
    When you buy one pound of roving it is not the same thing as buying one pound of raw, grease fleece. Consider that the time you spend washing and carding the wool does have a monetary value.

  • All of our fleeces are covered/coated year round and are well skirted (heads, necks, legs, docks, and bellies are removed). We usually sell the whole fleece which will include shoulders, sides, back and flank wool. We have fleeces available in white, greys, black and varying shades of brown. They range in grade from 54s to 62s.

  • Tips to Enhance Your Wool Buying Experience:
    To order a fleece that will most likely make you happy, please answer the following questions as best you can:
    (1) How many pounds of grease fleece do you need?
    (2) Is colour important? say what your colour preference is?
    (3) Is grade of fleece important? If you don't understand wool grades, please read over our page at Blood Count, Spinning Count, & Micron Grading
    (4) Is staple length of importance? Please say what your preferred range may be?
    (5) If you would like to see staple/lock samples, please be specific in your request, by limiting your request to three samples
    (6) If time is of the essence, please consider a roving purchase.

    By saying these preferences, I will be more likely to be able to match you with a suitable fleece, or say that we don't currently have one available, or refer you to another sheep breeder.

  • Here is a bit about a black fleece comparision study.


Due to rather large increases in hay prices and having to hire some help to work here on the farm, we are raising the fleece prices now.
Purebred Bond fleeces: $30 per pound (whole fleece)
Bond X Corriedale fleeces: $28 per pound (whole fleece)
(We tend not to sell one pound of fleece at a time)

The following table is a list of Bond, and Corriedale X Bond fleeces currently available.
The list is arranged with the lightest coloured fleeces at the top of the list, and the very darkest fleeces are at the bottom.
Please check back from time to time as more fleeces are skirted.
I will split the larger fleeces in half from front to back, meaning that you would get 1/2 the shoulder, back, and flank wool from that fleece.

Current Chart Updated March, 2014
The larger fleeces that are not split were show fleeces.


March, 2014

Dear All,

Things here, continue to be difficult. However, I am attempting to make fleeces from 2013 available at this point. I have not been able to resurrect past files of fleeces requests, from 2013, as we now have a new computer and the files were lost.

The best I can do at this point is post the fleeces and let you look and see if there's any that are of interest. This is not all by any means. I continue to skirt and post as often as I can.

Keith has taken retirement from his job of many years at the University of Colorado, This means, he no longer drives to town every day. So, fleece shipment can no longer be made the day after payment is received. Its likely that trips to town will be limited to twice per week, so, fleece shipments will be made then. I will still send an email upon shipping the box of fleece.

We anticipate shearing late this month, with lambing to follow in late April and May. This will be our first lambing in 3 years due to the drought and lack of hay for the flock. We hope for lamb fleeces the shearing of 2015 - that's looking far ahead!

Thank you all for your kind wishes and patience.

joanna


Name
Colour
Spinning Count
Staple Length
Weight
Price
Rois - Bond EweWhite56s4 inch3.2 pounds$96
Rois - Bond EweWhite56s4 inch3.4 pounds$102
Sorrel - Bond EweLight Cream60s5 inch6.3 pounds$189
Willis - Bond RamBeige56s4.5 inch4.4 pounds$132
Dara- Bond EweCinnamon Chocolate60s4 inch3.7 pounds$111
Hahn - Bond RamCinnamon Chocolate58s4.5 inch5 pounds$150
Declan - Bond RamCinnamon Chocolate58s4.5 inch3 pounds$90
Declan - Bond RamCinnamon Chocolate58s4.5 inch4.3 pounds$129
Serious Black - Bond RamDark Silver56s4 inch4.9 pounds$147