Coopworth sheep are named for Ian Coop, a New Zealand researcher who developed the breed in the 1950s using Border Leicester rams and Romney ewes.
Coopworth fleeces weigh 8-18 pounds, with a staple length of 5-8 inches, and generally fall into the 30-39 micron range, though fleece characteristics vary widely from flock to flock. They have consistent crimp that is well defined both in individual fibers and in the characteristic pointed locks. Coopworth wool is often lustrous, like that of its Border Leicester forebears.
Carded roving processed in New Zealand from New Zealand-grown wool
This roving definitely falls at the finer end of the Coopworth scale, but is probably not suited for next-to-skin wear. It’s perfect, however, for warm items that need to stand up to some wear, or that will be layered over other clothing. We rate it a 3 on our “prickle factor” scale from 1-5.
With its long fibers that love to stick together, and open, airy preparation, this Coopworth roving is very easy to spin and thus an excellent choice for new spinners. It can be spun either worsted or woolen, but is perfect for long draw.