Babydoll Wool

Babydoll Southdown wool is highly prized by fiber artists and hand spinners for its exceptional quality. Among other uses, it is considered a "sock wool".

From the NABSSAR.org site's breed standard, the following is descriptive of Babydoll wool:

Staple Length = The length of twelve months of growth of fiber not stretched.

Crimp = Waves in the individual fiber. Fiber with closer and smaller crimp (or waves) will be softer and fiber with crimot larger and farther apart will be coarser.

Blood = A way to interpret fineness of the wool. Usually displayed in fractions.

Spin Count = Measurements of spun yarn on a wool skein

Microns = A minute measurement

Most old-type Southdowns - by this we mean the off-white Babydoll Southdowns, are evaluated as having wool 1/2 to 3/8 blood.

  • 1/2 blood translates to a 60 to 62-skein spun count and a fiber of 22.5 to 25 microns in diamtere, with medium-fine crimp and a 2.5 to 3 inc staple length.
  • 3/8 blood translates to a 58-skein spin count and a fiber of 24.5 to 26.5 microns in diameter, with a medium crimp and 2.5 to 3.5 inch staple length.

Many of the black Babydoll Southdowns are 1/4 c=blood, which means they have coarser fleece than the off-white Southdowns. They usually have a 27 to 31 micron, medium-coarse crimp and a 2.5 to 4" staple length.

Typically, the off-white wool is more valuable because it can be dyed any color.


Six Wags Over Texas sells registered Babydoll Southdown sheep and Harlequin sheep, lambs, sheep breeding groups, adult sheep throughout the United States of America


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