Tog and Thel

Icelandic wool has long outer locks, or tog, and a fine undercoat called thel.  The fibers are beautiful when spun together or separately.  Right now I am working on a series of smaller weavings with the thel as the processed component, carded and handspun into yarn, and the tog as the raw material, left natural and incorporated into the weaving.  I'm so thrilled to be working with the huge spectrum of natural colors of Icelandic wool.  It is truly a privilege since so much of this gorgeous spectrum has been bred out of sheep for white production wool 

These fibers are almost ready to be woven.  The thel has been spun and the tog is ready to be incorporated as locks.  It's amazing that this lamb naturally grew such a plethora of colors in the undercoat and such a consistently gradated outer coat.  Before the fibers were separated the whole fleece appeared to be a mixed grey, and now their natural qualities really stand out.

These fibers are almost ready to be woven.  The thel has been spun and the tog is ready to be incorporated as locks.  It's amazing that this lamb naturally grew such a plethora of colors in the undercoat and such a consistently gradated outer coat.  Before the fibers were separated the whole fleece appeared to be a mixed grey, and now their natural qualities really stand out.