These badger faced sheep have a very unique ‘pre-industrial revolution’ fleece. The staple length is not uniform across the whole fleece but varies quite significantly. The fineness of the fleece with its intense crimp suggests a Merino-influenced origin.
The staple is quite short and machine carding, rather than hand carding, is recommended. It can be spun and knitted or crocheted. The result is a very warm garment with lots of loft.
However, Stewart Island wool felts beautifully. The felt is soft and bouncy and wonderful to work with.