Teeswater sheep come from Teesdale in County Durham and have been bred by farmers in that region for two hundred years. They are large hornless sheep producing a fine, long-stapled lustre wool with a natural permanent curl and with no dark fibres in the fleece. A fleece from the first clip can weigh up to 8 kg with a staple length of 30 cm. The wool is soft and supple to handle and retains its curl and lustre after washing. The lustre remains after spinning giving the finished product a pearly sheen. Teeswater wool is in demand for worsted suiting, knitting wools and also blending with other fibres.