Arising from crossing British longwool rams with Merino ewes, Corriedale sheep are the result of New Zealand's first breeding program.
Corriedale wool is medium soft with luster, a well defined crimp and a nice staple length. These qualities make is a wonderful fibre for handspinners, knitters and weavers.
With an average fleece weight of 12 lbs, you can get a good amount of wool to work with. This fibre is crisp with a micron count that varies from lambs to adults (low 20's to mid 30's). This lends itself well for clothing, accessories and blankets. Mostly next to skin soft, the majority of fleeces are consistent in staple length, and crimp. You really can't go wrong with a clean Corriedale fleece.
Comb, flick or card this wool. It is easy to work with. After washing, the wool will bloom so keep that in mind as you are spinning it. If you are a dyer, Corriedale wool takes dye nicely.
Fleeces are mostly white but you can also find grey's browns, beige and even black. .
Staple Length and Crimp
The average staple length for Corriedale is 3" - 6" which makes this a versatile fibre. The crimp is clear and well defined along the entire length of the lock. This pictures shows a very typical Corriedale lock.
Corriedale locks are quite dense and rectangular with flat tips.