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 Spinning Fibers

Raymond Burr, the actor, raised Romney/Karakul sheep in the hope of breeding a sheep that would produce a peach-colored wool (or so the story goes), After his death, I purchased a large amount of roving from the estate. This is the remainder of that lot. He apparently had the wool made into roving, and then sent the roving to be spun and made into rugs which he gave to his friends. The roving is medium softness, as you would expect for a rug, but you could make outer garments with it also. A true piece of Hollywood memorabilia, I'm selling off the roving for $3.00 per ounce. Please specify the colors you want. If you buy a pound or more, you will be provided with copies of documents I received from the estate.

You must contact me directly to purchase this roving to be sure I still have the amount you want.


  Stock items





Drop Spindle kit - includes plain hardwood drop spindle, starter thread, wool/mohair  or natural wool roving and instructions. $15.95


Superwash wool, natural color ~ very fine fiber

Natural wool roving
 blackface sheep blend

Bleached Tussah Silk roving ~ $22.50 for 8 ounces




This page was updated October 18, 2014.
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Copyright 1998-2014 by
Chris Gustin

Spinning fiber info:
is created when fine or medium wool  is cleaned, carded and then combed so
that the short fibers, nubs and noils are removed and the fibers are  organized in a parallel manner. The fibers in combed top are also more lustrous and reflect color more brightly. Top is usually spun using the worsted method. In worsted spinning you keep the twist out of the drafting triangle as you spin.

Roving is when the wool is washed and put through a carder but the fibers are many different lengths and are not necessarily parallel. Roving is usually spun with the woolen method. With the woolen method you allow some twist into your draft area. Roving is often the first choice for wet and needle felters. The multiple lengths and direction
of the fibers in roving allow for air pockets to form thus making a thicker yarn with a higher insulation factor.