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Fibre Focus - Cheviot Sheep

This month our Fibre Focus talks about the Cheviot Sheep that originated in the Cheviot Hills, from which this breed of sheep gets its name, on the borderline between England and Scotland.

Fibre Focus - Cheviot Sheep

The Cheviot is a white-faced hill sheep from the Scottish Borders. The Cheviot ewe can be found up to 3000 feet and is expected to live off the hill throughout the year. The sheep are bred pure and there is a keen demand for all classes of purebred stock – rams, ewes and lambs. They are found on some of hardest ground in the country, are particularly kind mothers, easy to handle at lambing time, with few lambing problems.

The Sheep

The Cheviot is a big, long, ruggest white sheep which combines thriftiness and healthiness with prolificacy and strong maternal qualities. It is the largest of all the UK Hill breeds and is particularly suited to grassy hills and uplands, though will adapt to most environments. 

The Wool

The Cheviot fleece varies in quality from fine to coarse and has many applications, making this wool very versatile. It is a good, white colour overall. It is not too crimpy and is quite resilient, which makes Cheviot wool suitable for filling purposes. The fineness is approx. 30-35 microns and length, 80-100mm. Perfect for hand spinning, hand felting and many other craft uses.

At World of Wool we stock the following in our Cheviot range:

We are sure that you will have made lots of wonderful creations with Cheviot wool, let us know what you’ve made and share them with us on Twitter and Facebook

Source and photo with thanks to: North Country Cheviot Sheep Society

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