I am still moving through the fine wools and this week I am spinning Bond both from a combed top and from scoured fleece.
The breeding of Bond sheep is accredited to Thomas Bond, a breeder and farmer, from Lockhart, NSW, in the early 1900's. This breed is a cross of Lincoln Rams on Saxon Merino Ewes. Thomas Bond wanted to create a sheep that was well-suited to the local climate and conditions and the resulting Bond sheep breed was known for its hardiness, adaptability, and excellent meat quality. They quickly became popular with local farmers, who appreciated their ability to thrive in tough conditions and also produce high-quality meat.
One of the things that sets the Bond sheep breed apart from other breeds is their distinctive appearance. They are medium-sized sheep, with a white or cream-colored fleece and a broad, deep body. Their face and legs are also white, and they have a distinctive Roman nose.
Fibre DetailsBond wool - I spun from the combed top preparation first of 22-28 micron and with a staple length of approximately 8 cm. It is a very white fibre and has beautiful fine crimp presumably from the Merino in the breed. It is considered a fine wool in the fibre source guides and the feel and look definitely reinforces that description.
Study NotesWhile this fibre is deliciously soft like a fluffy cloud, I was quite disappointed in the spin of the fibre and fleece that I had to work with.
A disappointing spin but I would definitely not rule out trying Bond again as my initial reaction to the fibre was one of delight at how soft and cloud like it felt.
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