Can anyone make use of some raw Hebridean sheep’s fleeces?

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Can anyone make use of some raw Hebridean sheep’s fleeces?

Postby Captcol » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:17 am

Can anyone make use of some raw Hebridean sheep’s fleeces?

When we were in Lymm last weekend a lady asked us if we, or did we know of any one who could mke use of some raw fleece?
We can’t but said we would put the word around for her.
She was happy for us to include her e-mail address.
The Wildlife Trust at Seaforth near Liverpool use the sheep to keep the grass under control and have about 50 fleeces, just clipped, free to anyone who can use them. Contact Fiona at fwhitfield@lancswt.org.uk

Carole and Capt Col The Wool Boat which will be in Anderton near Northwich this coming weekend.

Edited to put right Fiona's e-mail on 25.7.13

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Re: Can anyone make use of some raw Hebridean sheep’s fleeces?

Postby Captcol » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:51 am

We have had a message from Fiona to say all the fleece has now been claimed, which is great news.
If any one has got any or is due to recieve some we would love to see what becomes of it.
Besides being Captain of The Wool Boat Col does some freelance photography and writing and is hoping to produce a article that he would submit to crafting, knitting, sheep keepers magazines etc as he thinks the story of sheep to finished garments would be of interest. Any one else who has got some of the yarn and would like to share their experinces please feel free to get involved.
Thanks
Carole and Capt Col, The Wool Boat now neared near Winsford in Cheshire.

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Re: Can anyone make use of some raw Hebridean sheep’s fleeces?

Postby Blackdog » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:39 pm

As a spinner I will be honest that unless the wool is used for something very unusual then there's not much of a story behind it. Most large amounts of wool are taken & processed by commercial companies, which is quite probably what happened here. The majority of experienced spinners won't take fleeces unless they can actually look at them & see that they are good enough for hand spinning.
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