Drum carded for hand spinners or felt makers, British Shetland fleece from ‘Ethel’ one of our own small flock of much loved Shetland sheep, who are conservation grazers for our community orchards. Ethel has an amazingly soft and long staple, variable light / mid grey fleece with the perfect amount of crimp, so we have specifically chosen her fleece to dye and drum card for hand spinners.
We hand shear each of our sheep (which allows us to wait until the fleece is ready), the fleeces are then carefully sorted (plant matter removed) and lower grade wool separated for use as packing material. Each fleece is gently but thoroughly washed in well water and eco -friendly laundry liquid and dried in the fresh air and then either kept as the natural fleece colour or naturally dyed by us at our small outside dye house in Oxfordshire, using well water and plant dyes, many of which are grown or gathered by us in a sustainable way from the organic Estate on which we are based. When we do use imported dyes we source these directly, or from a company with a strong ethical sourcing policy.
After dyeing the fleeces are picked over a second time and then either packed for felt makers or drum carded by hand ready for spinning.
If you would like a colour that is not listed, please let us know as we are often able to dye to order.
We have a policy of buying no new packaging material for use in posting out parcels, we re-use old packaging gathered from other local businesses, individuals and schools. We hope you will enjoy receiving your parcel, whatever shape and size it is, knowing that it has a little less impact on the environment.