I’m already juggling plenty of balls but when I arrived at Old Sleningford Farm this morning and was reminded of a promised sheep fleece, I could hardly say no!

Normally, the fleeces from the farm’s sheep go round the fruit bushes in the forest garden. However, Rachel had with one batch made a series of mats to sit on. These I had come across at the party a couple of weeks ago and fallen in love with. Hence the promise.

Now I have a bin bag full of sheep fleece

and have started to wash it before carding – if I decide to spin it – or weaving. If doing the latter, I’ll see if my dad can rustle up a loom as featured below. I’ve ready got the wood, and some dowelling would do for the rest.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to Fleece

  1. gaiainaction says:

    That looks mighty interesting Helen. I will be back to you tomorrow.

    • Helen says:

      You mean what I’m going to do with the fleece, Agnes?

      • gaiainaction says:

        Sorry Helen, I was so distracted the other day, my grandson is in hospital and I am minding my other grandchildren. All is well though. So when I came across your post I had a very quick look and that’s why I said I will be back. So here I am! What great plans of yours to think of spinning and weaving with the fleece. I look forward to seeing more of your project. A lovely post!

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    This sounds like an interesting (and time-consuming!) project.

  3. I look forward to the results

  4. Pingback: My loom | Growing out of chaos

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