Corriedale as breed began in 1880 at Corriedale ranch in New Zealand. The manager of the ranch, James Little, crossbred Lincolns and Leicesters with his Merino sheep and created the Corriedale. Unlike numerous other breeds, the Corriedale thrives in intermediate grassland making it very popular throughout the world. Corriedale has a reputation as a great multi-purpose fiber; knitters, spinners, felters, and weavers all enjoy it for its easy use, character and resilience.
Staple Length:
3-6 inches
28-29 Microns (50s)
New Zealand
Dyers Notes:
Corriedale tends to be in the middle spectrum visually, it takes color thoroughly with minimal variegation. Corriedale has a slight sheen like long wools with a touch of the softness of the more lofty short wools.
Spinners Notes:
Corriedale is perhaps one of the easiest fibers to learn handspinning on. It's coarse texture coupled with a long staple length is ideal for new spinners.