Thursday, March 14, 2013

Harvest Time... for wool, that is!

I had long anticipated getting the fleeces off our seven sheep, as I have really come to love working with their locks in my felting and their fiber was looking wonderful.  It's nice to let their wool grow as long as possible, but if we wait too long, there's a greater likelihood of them getting messed up with excess hay and other vegetable matter.

Our daughter and her friend took them out for a good walk the night before shearing, which they truly seem to enjoy! I swear they even think it's fun jumping over logs!
Look at that form, lol!

I took the sheep to my friend Dianne's for shearing, and helped with skirting fleeces from her sheep.  I think I oohed and ahhed over just about every fleece that was set on the wide table for us to skirt (pick out and trash the dirty or coarse parts).
Dianne and her husband Mike looking over Jeffrey's fleece.

The two shearers were fantastic and very experienced, leaving very few "second cuts" for us to pick out.  (Here, they're trimming a ewe's feet).
Here I am with one of my favorite fleeces... and I've already washed a little bit of it, dyed it, spun some and put it to work as fringe on a new nuno felted shawl!

Yep, nothing like a spring harvest!

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Mosaic Magpie said...

I know very little about sheep and/or their fleece...but even I can tell the fleece you are holding is beautiful. I like the shawl you added the fringe to as well.

zed said...

I think I would have Oohed and Aahed over it all too, it does look gorgeous and I bet it smells nice too :)

Clasheen said...

Great post Lindy and beautiful fleece. It makes it even more interesting to see photos from both your beautiful farm and Dianne's, amazing to think that I've visited you both and can picture your lovely part of the world so clearly!!!