History

Churro is the breed of sheep that the Spanish settlers brought to the American Southwest in the early 1500's. Having promised their royalty back home riches beyond imagination in the New World -- even entire cities made of gold -- they were embarassed that such was not the case.

In danger of losing funding for settlement and exploration, Spanish "pioneers" brought the Navajo People the churro so that they could weave textiles for shipment back to Europe. Early Navajo weaving design was actually borrowed from Persian design -- the Spanish were hoping that in lieu of gold, the folks back home would be satisfied with "West Indies" style textiles.

Meanwhile, the Navajo People integrated the churro sheep into their culture. They could clothe themselves, make goods for trade, and have a reliable source of food. Navajo weavings, of course, have made a name and style for themselves over the centuries, now on an equal footing with Persian tapestries in beauty and craftmanship.

 

Churro Wool

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Welcome to our Churro wool page. Four ewes strong, Arm of the Spiral is a mighty force in the churro fiber market.

Now, come meet our girls. Their wool is for sale for your own spinning, felting, weaving and knitting endeavors. We feed the sheep organically and shear them ourselves. Then we send the raw wool to a top-notch mill in Pagosa Springs for scouring and carding. Thanks for helping "the girls" earn their keep.

If you don't spin, please visit my Etsy Shop for my handspun yarn and other creations.


"John, Please give Nebby a pat for me and tell her that her wool is just lovely! Thank you for the wonderful service."

-Debra -- Bakersfield, CA

A note about shipping: We've done our best to calculate an accurate shipping and handling fee. However with multiple item orders, actual costs may not be reflected accurately. We'll adjust the shipping costs accordingly. Most often, you'll receive a refund.

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wool imageHi, I'm Luna. I am a silverback. My wool is black and white with reddish highlights. It spins into a lovely gray yarn. I eat from organic pastures in the summer months and enjoy organically grown alfalfa/grass during the winter. My nutrition is reflected in the quantity and quality of my wool.

Washed and carded roving. $2.09 per ounce.

No longer available -- RIP Luna
 
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Hello, my name is Nebula. I am the only native of Arm of the Spiral Ranch and the only white ewe in our vast herd. Although my raw wool is cream colored, it washes out to a nice, soft white roving. Sure, the other girls are earth-toned, but my wool is to dye for. You can create all the colors of the rainbow, and then some, with my fleece.

$2.09 per ounce, washed and carded roving.

 

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venus sheep

I'm your Venus. Am I not stunning? My outer wool is strawberry blonde, but the fiber next to my skin is a wonderful sable color. Just think what you can create with my magnificent fleece.

$2.09 per ounce, washed and carded roving.

moorit colored wool

I am Ursa Minor, Little Bear. I've gone the way of my great aunt Luna and have become a silverback. My wool on the inside is a deep black. I'm younger and softer than Luna, and, I think, more beautiful.

ursa sheep

charcoal wool

$2.09 per ounce, cleaned and carded roving.

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For some fun, the women at Mountain High Fiber Ladies blended Red llama wool with some of our white churro, and the results were fantastic. There is a limited supply of this soft and gorgeous fiber.

$2.19 per ounce.

 

 

llama/churro blend wool

This is 75% white churro wool blended with 25% black llama fiber. Of all the fibers I've spun, this is my favorite. Once you get your wheel set and figure out your pinch and draw, it's like skiing powder. Soft silky llama fibers slide right by each other while the microscopic hooks in the churro grab and gather.

Fun stuff.

$2.19 per ounce.

 

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Daybreak at Arm of the Spiral. The girls are hungry!

A variagated yarn created from Nebber's wool for Graphic Pendants to see.