Teeswater Locks

Teeswater Locks

Teeswater Locks are great for dying with Acid dyes and can even be dyed with Procion Dyes with a little practice.  We sell the Teeswater locks in staple lengthes from 5inches to 12 inches.  The 12 inches locks can get quite pricey but are great for dolls hair and tail spinning. Teeswater locks don't felt all that well so it is advised when using them in a wet felting project to use with Merino or other type of felting wool.  
When dying the Teeswater locks, make sure to not handle them too much or they will start to felt and get matted.  
The Teeswater is a breed of sheep from Teesdale, England.  It is a longwool breed of sheep, which produces a generally large-diameter fibre.  The breed is raised primarily for meat. 
Teeswater sheep have been bred in northern England, Great Britain for about two hundred years;the breed was rare by the 1920s, but the breed has seen a renaissance since World War II.The Rare Breeds Survival Trust has categorised the breed as ‘vulnerable’.
The Teeswater Sheep Breeders' Association was formed in 1949 with the aim to encourage and improve the breeding of Teeswater sheep and to maintain their purity and particularly to establish the supremacy of Teeswater rams for crossing with hill sheep of other breeds for the production of half-bred lambs.
The wool of the Teeswater should be fine, long stapled with high lustre with each lock hanging free and with no tendency to felt.  There should be no dark fibers in the fleecem which should be uniform in texture over the whole body.  The Teeswater produces a kemp free fleece, a characteristic it passes on.
Teeswater locks are great for any wet felting or needle felting project.