The next sheep is also a type I have used before in tapestry, Navaho Churro. This comes in so many nice natural colors that I included two samples again. One two ply in the picture and another color in singles. Navaho Churro makes a sturdy tapestry yarn. I have a couple of weft faced bags that have been well used and are still going strong and some of the natural colors give lovely subtle variations when dyed.
The last two sheep on the second row are Cotswald which is a fiber I have also used before for tapestry. It has a beautiful sheen and dyes well, also strong, easy to spin and it is one of my go to fibers for spinning tapestry yarns. Because I was familiar with it I did several sample variations; combed, carded, singles and two ply.
The first sheep on the third row is my black sheep woven with Black Welsch Mountain from a carded prep and worsted spun two ply. This is a very sturdy yarn and this is my first time to use it for tapestry. It seems another good candidate for tapestry items that might get a lot of use.
Here is the Wensleydale. Spun worsted from a combed preparation and two plied. My sample had a nice sheen similar to the Cotswald though not as white. It was nice to work with and should make a sturdy tapestry yarn although a bit harder to spin than the Cotswald sample. I would use it again for tapestry. This is the first sheep on the last finished row.
The middle sheep on the last row is BFL ( Bluefaced Leicester) What can I say, this fiber is lovely and could be adapted to many kinds of things depending on the particular fleece. It is a nice combination of soft/strong and my sample is two ply from a combed combination of two natural colors and spun worsted. It is not too hairy which is nice and I would use it for pictorial tapestry as it is nice to weave with.
Here is another picture of the first half of the sampler with most of the background and cartoon removed. Below are some pictures of the fibers before spinning and some of the ones that are still in line to be used. I think I will be working with Gotland, Bond and perhaps Scottish Blackface next.