Handspinning Fleeces

  Page updated March 12, 2017  

 

Welcome Handspinners!

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Here you will find all of Ramstead Ranch’s gorgeous raw wool fleeces

Choose from our 60+ fleeces.  Raising divine Romney fleeces is our first love, but we also enjoy spinning other fabulous wool breeds like Cotswold so we had to add a few of them to our flock too.

Scroll down to view all our fleeces, or use these links to jump to our Natural Colored fleeces, White fleecesLamb fleeces, or Bargain fleeces. We shear our flock early in March, and throughout the month we update the website with photos and descriptions of the current year’s fleece.  To learn more about our sheep and the wonderful life they live here on our farm, click here.

We are pleased to continue the tradition of offering superior Romney and Romney-cross fleeces, many of which originated with Melissa Lines from SkyLines Farm in Harvard, ID.  These are fleeces we have come to know and love over the years, and you may still recognize many of her ewe’s names in our list below.  We wish our dear friend Melissa a happy retirement (from sheep) and look forward to carrying on her legacy.

 

Updates: Spring 2017

The 2017 fleeces have been shorn!  Your shepherdess is in the process of taking photos, updating descriptions, and second-skirting all of these beauties, and she’s loving every minute of it.  The reserved fleeces are being shipped to their new homes, and the information in the tables below is in the process of being updated.  2017 fleeces that are not reserved can be purchased at any time.  Choose a fleece that is NOT highlighted in grey, and send us an email requesting the fleeces of your choosing.  Want to see all of the fleeces from 2017?  Check back soon!  The website will be updated asap.  To receive an update when the we have the new fleeces loaded here on the website, join our email list.

 

Price

Raw fleeces cost $22/lb plus shipping and $12 box/handling fee. We require a $50 deposit per fleece to hold your reservation.

 

How to reserve your fleeces

You can reserve fleeces for a future shearing date any time during the year.  Send an email to let us know which fleeces you want, and you’ll need to pay a $50/fleece deposit.

To pay online:  Pay with credit/debit card using PayPal by clicking on the “Pay Now” link below.  My account is eileen@ramsteadranch.com.  List the names of the fleeces you want  to reserve below your shipping info.

To pay using a check:  Please pay to the order of Ramstead Ranch, and mail your check and list of chosen fleeces to PO Box 470, Ione, WA 99139.  Make sure you have sent an email to let me know which fleeces you want and that your check is on its way.  

Once we receive your deposit, we will update the website with your initials next to the fleeces of your choice, and we will let you know that your reservation has been confirmed.  

To purchase fleeces that are currently available (already shorn and not reserved), just send an email with the names of the fleeces you’d like to purchase and include your shipping address.  We’ll send an invoice back to you with the total price due and the option to pay online using PayPal or with a check mailed here to the farm. After we receive your payment your fleeces will be on their way asap.

 

Reserve your favorite fleeces Now!  $50 deposit per fleecePreview Image

 

 

What to expect

After your reservation has been confirmed, you will hear from us again in March after shearing day.  We will thoroughly second-skirt your fleeces, weigh them, and email you an invoice with your balance including shipping and handling fees and minus your deposit. Fleeces typically ship via UPS.  Once we have received the balance of your payment, we will ship your fleeces to you within 3-5 business days.

 

Do you have questions?

It is very important to us that you receive not only the highest quality fleeces, but also fleeces with the color, hand, and character that you want!  If you have specific questions about our fleeces PLEASE do not hesitate to ask us.  Send an email directly to Eileen, our head shepherdess and knowledgeable spinner, at eileen@ramsteadranch.com.  You will receive a prompt response!

 

 

Natural Colored Fleeces for Sale

 

Sheep Name2016 Fleece Photo
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DescriptionBreedWeightAvailability
AnnaAnna's variegated fleece is mixed with shades of medium grey and a few light smokey grey and dark charcoal gray accents. Her grey shades have a hint of lavender in them! She has medium luster and a long Romney staple, and a medium to loose crimp. Click to view staple photoRomney ewe8 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
BeliaNote: Photo is from 2015 fleece. Belia has a variegated fleece that ranges in color from a silvery almost white to smoky medium grey with contrasting dark fibers throughout. Her fleece is loosely crimped, the handle is light, and she has a lot of luster. Very nice! Click to view staple photoCotswold ewe6 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
BenenBenen’s fleece is variegated--primarily medium grey with about 25% a dark smoky grey. She has a loose crimp, long staple and gorgeous luster! This fleece is full of character. Click to view staple photoRomney-Cotswold ewe7.5 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
BethanyBethany has a variegated coloring with just a hint of espresso brown. This fleece has a finer crimp and moderate luster and is oh-so-soft to the touch—lovely! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe7.25 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
BranwennYear after year, I love Branwenn’s fleece! She has a medium grey fleece accented with areas of charcoal and light grey. Her fleece is very lustrous and long—it’s just striking once again! Click to view staple photoCotswold ewe7.75 lbs2017 RESERVED AP
2018 Available
Carmen Carmen's fleece is dark grey with areas of smoky grey and contrasting tips. It's moderately lustrous with a medium to loose crimp. She has a nice, full hand that is a bit springy. This is a beautiful fleece! Click to view staple photo Romney-touch of Suffolk-Columbia ewe7.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
CarolynLamb fleece shown. Miss Carolyn has a variegated fleece with equal parts of light, medium and dark grey. As a lamb she had a fine crimp and medium luster. A nice fleece! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe4 lbs2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
ChloeChloe has a beautiful charcoal color with silver fibers throughout. Medium crimp and luster with a lovely long staple. Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe7.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
CocoaCocoa is a personal favorite. She is a classic old-style Romney. Her dark variegated fleece has shades from medium grey to black with silver fibers running throughout. Rich coloring and lovely! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe7.25 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
CodyLamb fleece shown. Cody has a wonderfully variegated fleece that ranges from medium to darker grey. With a medium crimp and a buttery handle, this fleece is yummy! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale wether8 lbs2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
DarleneDarlene's fleece is widely variegated with fairly equal amounts of pale and medium grey. Her soft tones are accented by a few areas of dark grey. She’s moderately lustrous and has a bit of spring from her Montadale background. With finer to medium crimp and with great handle, this is a super soft fleece! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe6.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
DeborahLovely Deborah has a finer crimp with a well variegated fleece--dark to medium greys in equal amounts with contrasting mahogany and wheat colored tips. Lovely soft and FULL hand with lots of spring! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe6.25 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
DellaThis lovely fleece is variegated with about 80% pale soft grey to almost white and about 20% medium dark grey with accents of champagne and taupe. Medium to loose crimp and lovely luster. Extremely soft—Nice! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe6.75 lbs2017 RESERVED SH
2018 Available
ElizaEliza is variegated with a mostly medium grey fleece accented by 10% very light grey and 10% very dark charcoal grey areas. She has contrasting oatmeal and caramel tips, a medium luster, and soft hand. I love, love, love this fleece! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe6.75 lbs2017 RESERVED BH
2018 Available
EstherEsther has a variegated fleece with shades of light and medium grey. She has wonderful luster, a long Romney staple, and lovey soft hand. Click to view staple photoRomney ewe6 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
FayeOooh! This is a soft fleece with warm hues. in 2016 Faye's fleece was 30% light grey, and 50% medium grey with the remainder being a mixture of darker shades with contrasting silver fibers throughout. It is lovely and lustrous with medium crimp. Click to view staple photoRomney ewe8 lbs2017 RESERVED KL
2018 Available
GoldieGoldie's warm tones are just yummy! She's variegated from light grey to almost white with shades of taupe accent. She has a finer crimp with a full hand. Gorgeous! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe7.52017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
GracieGracie's fleece is variegated with soft dusky tones ranging from soft pale grey to medium grey and a few touches of dark charcoal. She has a wonderful handle that is very soft and lustrous. A gorgeous fleece and a favorite once again! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe6.25 lbs2017 RESERVED KB
2018 Available
GusGus has a slightly variegated fleece in shades of very smokey medium grey. He's got a medium to loose crimp that is soft to the touch. Oooh!Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale wether6.5 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
HarrietHarriet has an evenly colored dark smoky charcoal fleece with contrasting silver fibers. It is super soft with a fine-medium crimp. Full hand with lots of spring--Ooooh! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe7 lbs2017 RESERVED JC
2018 Available
IngridThe majority of this variegated fleece is medium grey with silver fibers and about 15% dark grey. Ingrid's fleece is finely crimped, soft, and has a full hand. She's so pretty! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe5 lbs2017 RESERVED SH
2018 Available
LaylaLayla is slightly variegated from almost white to medium grey with areas of taupe highlights. She has a medium crimp and is moderately lustrous. Nice! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe9 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
Lord ByronByron has a consistent medium crimp. He is slightly variegated with light, medium and dark shades of smoky grey contrasted with oatmeal tips. His fleece is lustrous and has a lively full hand! Click to view staple photoRomney ram10.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
LucyLamb fleece shown. Lucy's lamb fleece was stunning. Her widely variegated coloring ranges from a light silvery grey in half her fleece and medium to dark grey in the other half. Gorgeous color with lots of luster. LONG staple length and medium to loose crimp. Favorites list for 2016! Click to view staple photo Romney-Cotswold ewe6.252017 RESERVED AP
2018 Available
Maisie Lamb fleece shown. Maisie's slightly variegated fleece is equal parts medium and dark charcoal with contrasting silver fibers throughout. With a finer crimp and good luster, this fleece has a full springy hand! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe5.252017 Available
2018 Available
MorganThis widely variegated fleece is lively. Primarily medium grey it is accented with 10% light grey-almost white and 20% charcoal grey and has a variety of caramel and oatmeal tips. She has a loose crimp and long staple thanks to her Cotswold breeding. The colors are striking! Click to view staple photo Romney-Cotswold ewe9 lbs2017 RESERVED JC
2018 Available
NiciThis little gal has a great variegated fleece. Its primarily a medium grey color, but she also has very dark and light grey almost white areas. Loose crimp and moderate luster. Wow! Click to view staple photoCotswold ewe7.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
OliviaOlivia has a medium crimp with moderate luster and a nice full hand. Her variegated fleece ranges from medium to dark grey. This is a lovely fleece! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe8.5 lbs2017 RESERVED CT
2018 Available
PaulaPaula is very pretty. She has a yummy fleece with a great handle. Her color is primarily soft pale grey to almost white and has shades of medium grey. It is lustrous with medium crimp and very soft. It's just gorgeous and makes me want to put my hands on it! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe6 lbs 2017 RESERVED KB
2018 Available
Phoebe(Photos from 2015) This variegated fleece ranges from 30% dark charcoal to 70% medium and light grey and has silver fibers evenly mixed throughout. The soft hand of her medium crimp is amazing! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe8.5 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
PiperLamb fleece. Wow! Super soft fleece with a loose crimp--amazingly soft to the touch. Slightly variegated with warm grey tones with caramel tips and shades of espresso. Oooh!Click to view staple photo Romney ewe32017 RESERVED AV
2018 Available
Prince GeorgeGeorgie's fleece is AMAZING. He has very lustrous and silky locks that really pop. The coloring is rich variegated shades of medium and dark grey, with loose crimp. Oh my! Click to view staple photoRomney ramTBD2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Reserved
SarinaThis widely variegated fleece is dazzling. 75% of her fleece is silver grey to almost white and 25% is medium grey with contrasting dark fibers throughout. She has a lovely loose crimp and a lot of luster! Click to view staple photo Cotswold ewe6.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
TinkTink's variegated fleece has both medium and dark grey in equal proportions and a few areas of light grey. Her crimp is medium luster locks that are lovely and full. Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe6.5 lbs RESERVED 2017 SB
2018 Available
ValerieValerie has a variegated fleece that is equal parts light grey and dark gray with a few areas of charcoal grey. She has silver fibers mixed through out giving a smoky look to her locks. With long staples that are soft to the touch, this fleece is warm and yummy! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale-touch of Suffolk-Columbia ewe9.25 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
WendyWendy's variegated fleece ranges from practically white to medium grey. She has champagne highlights mixed in and contrasting dark fibers throughout her fleece. She has a distinct fine to medium crimp with a lovely and light handle. Oooh! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe5.75 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
ZoeYummy! Fine crimp and oh-so-soft. Zoe's fleece is 1/3 light grey and 1/2 medium grey with shades of medium to dark taupe as well as dark charcoal bits. A beautiful fleece with lots going on! Click to view staple photo Romney ewe3.752017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available

 

 

White Fleeces for Sale

 

Sheep Name2016 Fleece Photo
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DescriptionBreedWeightAvailability
AmeliaA crisp white fleece with medium crimp. WOW! Lots of luster, and the hand is both silky and soft--just lovely! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe8 lbs2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
GigiGorgeous fleece! Medium crimp with long and distinct lustrous locks. Nice! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe9.5 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
JosephineWow! This is an ivory white fleece with a long staple and medium crimp. It is lustrous and SO soft. Click to view staple photoRomney ewe8.5 lbs 2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
LeahThis lustrous beauty shines--what a fleece! She has a relaxed and even crimp. She’s creamy white and classic Romney. Click to view staple photoRomney ewe9.25 lbs 2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
LilyCreamy white with a nice fine to medium crimp. This fleece is lustrous, lovely and mmmmm! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe7.25 lbs 2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
LiamOooh! Silky, lustrous, and creamy white! Liam's fleece has a loose crimp and long locks and is a beautiful example of old-style Romney. (6 months of growth shown. 2017 fleece will be a full year's growth.) Click to view staple photoRomney ram4.75 (6 mo.)2017 Available
2018 Available
NellieThis beauty has a gorgeous, lofty hand. Her ivory white locks have a loose crimp, lots of luster, and are incredibly soft. I love this fleece! Click to view staple photo Romney-Montadale ewe9 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
NissaNissa's fleece is beautiful. She has medium crimp that’s moderately lustrous--very soft with a long staple. It has a slight spring to it, and is a "Wow!" fleece. Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale-Suffolk-Columbia ewe9.5 lbs 2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
OpalOpal has a medium amount of luster with long locks and a finer crimp. Her fleece is softer than you'd expect from a Romney thanks to her Montadale background. Very nice! Click to view staple photo Romney-Montadale ewe6.5 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
PrincessPrincess has a gorgeous fleece that just springs to life in your hand. She has fine to medium crimp and nice luster. This is a really nice fleece. Click to view staple photoRomney ewe3.5 lbs2017 RESERVED GP
2018 Available
SamanthaThis ivory white fleece has a well-defined medium crimp. She has a long staple and a nice luster—beautiful! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe6.25 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available
Sweet PeaThis cutie has a creamy white fleece with medium crimp, and her long staples are lustrous. The full hand on this little gal is soft and full of spring. Definitely a "WOW" fleece. Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe7.25 lbs2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
SydneySydney's creamy fleece is lovely! She has medium crimp, great luster, and a smooth hand. Love! Click to view staple photoRomney ewe7.25 lbs2017 Available
2018 Available

 

 

Lamb Fleeces for Sale

 

Below is our lineup of glorious lamb fleeces available for 2017. This is the first year’s wool growth of a sheep, and our lamb fleeces are always incredibly soft and yummy!

 

Sheep NamePhoto Available after shearing 2017DescriptionBreedWeightAvailability
Charlotte
Natural
Colored
A striking very dark charcoal fleece with mahogany tips. Evenly crimped with silver fibers throughout and lot of luster. Beautiful!Romney ewe lambTBD2017 RESERVED GP
2018 Available
Emma
Natural
Colored
Emma's variegated fleeces is mostly medium grey with 10% light grey and 10% dark grey. She has great lock structure and a pronounced, medium crimp. This fleece is SO soft and lustrous! Oooh!Romney ewe lambTBD2017 Available
2018 Available
Harper
Natural
Colored
Miss Harper has amazingly long staples and gorgeous luster! Her fleece has a medium crimp and a full hand. It is variegated with light greys and medium light greys. Romney-Cotswold ewe lambTBD2017 Available
2018 Available
Katelyn
Natural
Colored
Oooh! So soft and with a finer crimp for a Romney fleece. This is a full-handed fleece with a lot of spring. Mostly light grey with areas of taupe. Love it! Romney ewe lambTBD2017 RESERVED SG
2018 Available
Madison
Natural
Colored
Miss Madison's fleece is slightly variegated--mostly a light smoky grey with bits of medium grey. She has a medium crimp and lovely luster. This fleece is cloud-like.....Yummy!Romney-Montadale ewe lambTBD2017 RESERVED SH
2018 Available
Mia
Natural
Colored
Lovely Mia is very soft with a fine to medium crimp. Her fleece varies from espresso brown to dark grey. She has great lock structure and a medium amount of luster. Gorgeous fleece!Romney ewe lambTBD2017 RESERVED DW
2018 Available
Nora
Natural
Colored
This fleece has a lovely, full hand with a fine to medium crimp that is SO soft. She has an even, light grey color with a long staple length. Striking!Romney-Cotswold ewe lambTBD2017 Available
2018 Available
Ursula
Natural
Colored
Ursula's dark grey fleece has contrasting silver fibers throughout. With a gorgeous long staple length, this fleece is surprisingly soft--just lovely!Romney-Cotswold ewe lambTBD2017 RESERVED JH
2018 Available

 

Bargain Fleeces for Sale $17/lb

 

This year these beautiful, sound fleeces didn’t measure up to my standards for cleanliness and presentation.  Typically they have a little too much VM or dirt for my liking, but they are still gorgeous, healthy fleeces.   They are offered for a discounted price of $17/lb.

Sheep Name2016 Fleece Photo
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DescriptionBreedWeightAvailability
AliceAlice has a creamy white fleece with lots of luster. She has good lock structure with medium crimp and silky hand. This year the tips of her fleecer were too dirty to charge full price, so I have included her in the bargain bin. An otherwise sound and lovely fleece! Click to view staple photoRomney-Montadale ewe6.5 lbs2016 Available
2017 Available
2018 Available