Breed category Oxford Down

  • Location Throughout UK
  • Breed Fine
  • Fleece Colour White/Cream
  • Handle Soft / Medium
  • Micron Count 31.5-33.5
  • Staple Length 6-10cm
  • Fleece Weight 2.5-3.5 kg

Find Out More About The Breed

HERITAGE

The Oxford Down sheep breed were developed in the 19th Century. 

They are found across the UK, especially around the Midlands and Cotswolds.

SHEEP

The Oxford Down sheep breed is a large sized sheep, with a black face and legs.

FLEECE

The Oxford Down sheep have a heavy fleece, with a medium/soft handle. The lambs are born with a good covering of fleece.

Their fleece is popular for bedding, and also used in blends for knitting yarns.

UNDER A MICROSCOPE

This is a sample of a woollen spun Oxford Down yarn, under a microscope.

BREED SOCIETY

Find out more @oxforddownsheep.org.uk

WHO'S WORKING WITH THE FLEECE | MAKERS | USERS |

LINKS COMING SOON

Links to makers using Oxford Down fleece in their products. 

If you work with Oxford Down fleece and would like your products to be listed, please email us at: zoe@thewoolist.co.uk

The Oxford Down was created by crossing Hampshire Down ewes with Cotswold rams

DID YOU KNOW
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The Oxford Down sheep have a lovely tufted forelock which goes right down to their cheeks

Interested in this breed? BUY THE BOOK

A hand-crafted book containing breed-specific information about the British sheep breed you choose. 

This book is a limited edition handmade piece, each book will come with an edition number signed by the author/maker. 

The book contains space for you to fill in with physical yarn and knit samples, which sit alongside microscopic photographs, breed data and a short history on the breed (if you don't knit but still want a knitted sample, you can add on a pre-knit sample in the additional items box - £3 per sample).

Each book comes with an A6 fact file card, 'your opinions' card, and a 10g mini-skein so you can complete the mini book and experiment with the fibre yourself.

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