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In the mid-20th century, there was a famous Seattle serigraphy artist named Elton Bennett. His were Pacific Northwest themes, with harbor vistas, fishing, trawlers, and mountain vistas predominating. One of the characteristic images of his silk screens was the fading of mountains and rock or even trees into a foggy distance. The shading of the colors in this roving made me think of those fading mountains. This roving is violet, lavender, mauve, and sage.

BFL is a “multipurpose” sheep breed dating back from the early 1900’s which produce “litters” of three or four lambs with long loins. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Fortunately, they also have a beautiful soft, long wool that is especially easy to spin, so they are raised to maturity for their lustrous fleeces.

My rovings are dyed with fairly even distribution of colors. Photos are of each side of the coil, so you can see as much of the color as possible. These are the same rovings from which I spin my yarns, so I dye them for that. If you find one missing that hasn’t sold, likely, I’m spinning it. Except for specialty fibers, rovings are priced at $3 an ounce.

Fiber: Blue Faced Leicester wool
Ounces: 4.2 ounces, 119 g

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Hand painted roving - FADING MOUNTAINS - Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) wool spinning fiber, 4.2 ounces


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  • Materials: BFL wool, Blue Faced Leicester wool
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