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What's New ?

New Colors
We have added several colors to bring our total to 56. Click here for all the colors.

Felting Kit

New felter?
Felt teacher?
Felt classes?
Try our NEW Felt Kits!!!

Mixed Bags

Mixed Bags are a great way to try a number of colors.

Spiral Dyed Silk

Silk to match the spiral dyed wool roving (below)

Spiral Dyed Roving

See our new Merino roving-- Spiral dyed in a myriad of colors

Color Palette Take a look at the entire color palette of our 100% merino roving

This palette is available NOW! Approx 1lb and contains approx. 22" of all colors. Buy Now

Beautiful Scarves

Check out this page showing some beautiful scarves and jackets. If you would like a workshop for scarves, let us know

Outback Fiber Names
What's in a name? Take a look!

The Wool Shed is now selling imported Australian sheepskins. Look at the colors! These are great as throw rugs. Click the link to check them out!

Outback Yarn is HERE!!
Wool Shed is importing brushed and boucle Mohair yarn from New Zealand.
We currently have a small stock of yarn in 100gm hanks (125 to 150 yds).


Jill's Trip Down Under
Jill's March 2001 trip to Tasmania. Workshop details and beautiful pictures!

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Outback Fiber Colors

Australia is a unique continent with an abundance of wonders. Since we import our Merino wool from there, we named our fiber to reflect Australian colors and themes. Since many are not familiar with some of the color descriptions, we have described them here for your enjoyment.

ME1 Cockatoo
The large sulfur-crested cockatoos are native to Australia and can be seen in large flocks in the wild. These cockatoos are white and sport a crest of pale yellow feathers atop their heads which rises upward and forward mohawk fashion when they are interested or startled.

ME2 Thistle
The infamous Scottish thistle made its way to Australia along with some of the early settlers. The beauty of its vivid purple bloom belies the prickly thorns that cover the majority of the plant.

ME3 Emerald
Rich in minerals, Australia is mined for many of its precious and semi-precious gems. This same emerald green can be seen in the colors of the many lagoons surrounding the many coral atolls found along Australia’s eastern shoreline.

ME4 Barrier Reef
This translucent blue of the warm ocean surrounds the length of coral islands that stretch hundreds of miles from the northeastern tip of Australia southwards along the eastern shore of the continent This is the Great Barrier Reef.

ME5 Coonawarra (coon-uh-worra)
This rich wine-growing region north of Adelaide produces much of Australia’s red wine. Pick up a bottle of Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon when you are next in your local wine store. The U.S. imports large quantities of these superior wines.

ME6 Fuschia
Featuring every shade of pink, purple and red, almost every garden in Australia boasts a fuschia bush of some variety. The rich hues of the blossoms attract many of the nectar-loving birds with their long, delicate beaks and tiny wings – just one size up from the hummingbird.

ME7 Bloomin’ Lilac
If you’ve eaten at Outback Steakhouse, you’ve probably tried their "bloomin’ onion". A euphemism for the old English expletive "bloody", numerous Australian nouns are preceded with the bloomin’ adjective. Lilac bushes transported from England by early settlers bloom in abundance in the early springtime in Australia. Whilst pink and white varieties occur, the predominant color is the shade of pale purple.

ME8 Kingfisher
Australia’s kookaburra is a relative of the English kingfisher. The teal-green that appears so vividly on the kingfisher does not appear on the kookaburra.... but he gets a laugh out of that.

ME9 Black
What can I say?.... except that if you ever visit my dad’s farm in Tasmania and you take a walk on a moonless night, the color black comes to mind immediately!

ME10 Snowy River
If you missed the movie, you need to rent it. Set in the mountains of south-eastern Australia this movie depicts the true beauty of the region. The snow-capped mountains are the source of the Snowy River which provides enormous quantities of hydro-electric power to Australians.

ME11 Wombat Grey
This short-haired grey, herbivorous mammal, found only in Australia, digs large tunnels underground. Sleeping during the day and foraging at night, these harmless marsupials resemble short-legged bears and their cumbersome waddle makes them early victims of the all-too-common bushfires.

ME12 Convict Grey
The largest proportion of the early Australian settlers was comprised of convict prisoners sent from England to establish "the colonies". There is no evidence that their uniforms were grey, but at the Port Arthur penal colony on the southern tip of Tasmania, the lives of the convicts were certainly a dismal grey. Cut off from the main part of the island by the narrow "Eaglehawk Neck" which was patrolled by both guards and dogs, the convicts faced only the cold grey ocean... all that divided them from civilization and the South Pole.

ME13 Tasmanian Raspberry
More than anything else, I go home for the raspberries! No-one asks what I want for dessert... they just bring out a bowl of fresh raspberries and a jar of the thick cream from our jersey cows that I grew up milking by hand. Gourmet cook as I am, no fancy dessert comes close to the taste of this delicious fruit.

ME14 Southern Cross
This constellation appears only in the southern hemisphere. Visible all year round on a back-ground of navy blue sky, it is featured on the Australian flag, along with the Union Jack in the corner.

ME15 Crimson Rosella (roz-ella)
This glorious parrot sports a scarlet chest and a blue overcoat. Abundant in the southern state of Victoria, these parrots can be drawn to suburban gardens with a supply of seeds.

ME16 Tamar Blue (tay-mar)
The Tamar river in north-eastern Tasmania is named after its British counterpart. It provides a small shipping channel to the second-largest city on the island, Launceston.

ME17 Barossa Wine (bah-ross-uh)
Most famous of the wine regions of South Australia, this valley produces some rich reds that deserve only to be paired with the best of steaks. Look for wines from this region in the Australian wine sections of your store.

ME18 English Violets
With little pocket money, my gifts to my mother often came in the form of a bunch of deep purple violets from my little garden. Rich in memories as well as color, I chose this color for my wedding... and I won’t wait to get "old" to wear it... I wear purple now.

ME19 Derwent (dur-went)
The most southern river in Australia divides Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, and flows into Storm Bay and out towards the south pole.

ME20 Bundy Rum
The town of Bundaberg (fondly referred to as "Bundy") is located 200 miles north of Brisbane in the north-eastern state of Queensland. Surrounded by sugar cane plantations, the Bundaberg Rum factory takes the molasses by-products and produces a dark, strongly flavored rum. Not for the faint-hearted – this would warm a sailor’s heart and body!

ME21 Damper
A staple of the Aussie campsite, this light-brown quick-bread resembles a large American biscuit. Typically cooked in an iron skillet over a campfire, this flour and water combination can vary in texture from soft and fluffy to rock-hard, depending on the cook.

ME22 Mango
Tropical fruits are abundant in the state of Queensland, and mangoes are among the best of them. The rich, golden-yellow flesh is a favorite of the nocturnal fruit bats of that area. Sundown will see large flocks of the bats venturing forth for their nightly feast.

ME23 Stringybark
Australia boasts numerous varieties of Eucalyptus (gum) trees. While the trees are evergreen, many of them shed their bark at varying times of the year. The Stringybark gum sports a thick, hairy coat of bark, sometimes peeling back in large shaggy strips, to reveal the rusty red-brown of the bark layers beneath.

ME24 Simpson Desert
Located in the heart of the Australian outback, the Simpson Desert features sandy dunes and plains of rich, rusty red – practically impenetrable for those early explorers who attempted to cross from south to north on this great continent.

ME25 Peppermint Gum
This gum tree is one of the ten varieties of eucalyptus whose leaves are favored for food by the famous koala. Preferring only the tender, new pale green leaves, this marsupial spends much of its time in a somewhat euphoric state of slumber.

ME26 Mintbush
Where the desert gives way to the foothills, this small green plant can be found in the rocky alpine hollows and in the grottoes of the pandanus groves.

ME27 Hibiscus
Renowned for its showy flowers, sometimes reaching the size of a dinner plate, this tropical plant is a favorite in the state of Queensland. This lavender shade is just one of many of the colors displayed by the hibiscus.

ME28 Nabowla Lavender
Home of the only commercial lavender plantation in the Southern Hemisphere, the Leslie Plantation is just a few miles from the tiny village of Nabowla... which is just two miles from the farm where I grew up. A visit during the months of December and January will reveal row upon row of purple stretching endlessly into the distance, the air heavy with the redolence of lavender and the sonorous buzzing of bees. Lavender oil is used as the basis for many of the world’s perfumes.

ME29 Bluebush
This small desert succulent sports pale blue flowers following the all too infrequent rains of the Australian outback

ME30 Sydney Harbor
This deep, blue harbor offered welcome shelter and protection to the ships after a long and perilous journey bringing both convicts and "new settlers" to Australia. It is easily recognized today by the soaring "sails" of the Sydney Opera House and the magnificent span of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

ME31 Tea Rose
This old English rose made its way to Australia with those earlier settlers who longed to bring with them some of the memories of their "mother England". Favored for cutting to bring indoors, the tea rose could fill a room with its delightful fragrance.

ME32 Capricorn
The Tropic of Capricorn runs east and west through Australia at the 23rd parallel, just south of the city of Rockhampton. North of this line, the Great Barrier Reef begins angling in towards the eastern shoreline. The warm, blue-green ocean invites divers and snorkelers alike to enjoy the clear water and vividly colorful sealife of this region.

ME33 Mimosa
This spreading tree is found in many of the sub-tropical regions of the world. Its pale pink feathery blossoms give way to large bean pods at the end of the summer.

ME34 Ned Kelly
This infamous "bushranger" (or outlaw) is usually depicted wearing the metal "armor" he fashioned to protect himself against bullets. Roaming the bushland areas north of Melbourne in the early 1800’s, he was finally captured and hung. The American term of "Kelly Green" to depict this bright shade has been combined with the famous Ned, as a little play on words.

ME35 Bottlebrush
The native banksia has stiff, serrated-edged leaves. The flowers appear in the form of a bristly cylinder – most aptly compared to the brush used for cleaning out bottles. While most commonly occurring in a shade of yellow, the most attractive variety sports flower-spikes in this vivid shade of red.

More to come...