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    Debby
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    I spoke with a lady in our spinning group, who breeds Angora goats, specifically for their colours just as we do with sheep. I know there is the same biass against coloured goats as there is with sheep. This got me wondering… Should we really expand our group to include all animals that produce hair/wool for spinning as our agenda is the same: To promote coloured beasties to get fabulous yarn/wool?
    What do you think?
    : )

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    BCSBA-Lorry
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    I think not! While appreciating coloured mohair and even cashmir fibres to spin the Association is about high quality coloured wool and historically was in response to the culling of any lamb that came from the shame of having recessive genes (that did exist) within the major ‘White’ breeds of sheep.
    The Wool Board and commercial dyers did not want the ‘white’ uniformity of fleece contaminated by coloured fibres.
    Stock and price offered for the wool was affected if coloured genes or fibres were present…….
    Coloured wool is valued by spinners and craft people but still thought worthless by the WMB.
    WHY stop at goats…….. what about Alpacas, Angora Rabbits (aka my Henry Bunny) I had my Beardies and now my Skye Terrier fibre to spin – yes the dreaded Dog Fur ….. in fact the Bearded Collie Rescue group was the folk, who got me involved in spinning as they knitted items to sell for the cause!

    #528

    BCSBA-Lorry
    Moderator

    I think not! While appreciating coloured mohair and even cashmir fibres to spin the Association is about high quality coloured wool and historically was in response to the culling of any lamb that came from the shame of having recessive genes (that did exist) within the major ‘White’ breeds of sheep.
    The Wool Board and commercial dyers did not want the ‘white’ uniformity of fleece contaminated by coloured fibres.
    Stock and price offered for the wool was affected if coloured genes or fibres were present…….
    Coloured wool is valued by spinners and craft people but still thought worthless by the WMB.
    WHY stop at goats…….. what about Alpacas, Angora Rabbits (aka my Henry Bunny) I had my Beardies and now my Skye Terrier fibre to spin – yes the dreaded Dog Fur ….. in fact the Bearded Collie Rescue group was the folk, who got me involved in spinning as they knitted items to sell for the cause!

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