Stunning unique felted fleece sheepskin rug handmade from Cormoran’s 2020 lamb fleece – just wool…
This stunning vegetarian sheepskin is made from the first-ever shorn fleece from Cormoran (in the photos) who lives here with his sister Tatty and many other sheep friends at our home on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales. Cormoran is a very friendly character he really loves a cuddle and chin scratch. I sheared Cormoran myself with traditional blade shears as I do all my sheep taking great care not to harm them. This vegetarian sheepskin rug is smooth and silky soft with beautiful curly black locks that have natural sun-bleached brown highlights on the tips and whisps of grey hairs here and there. Cormoran is a very unusual black Valais Blacknose cross Blue Face Leicester breed sheep. This particular fleece is just that little bit more special because it is Cormoran’s first-ever fleece – the baby fleece that he was born with. Baby fleeces are unique in colour and wool structure they have a cute little curl at the tips of the fiber and future adult fleeces from the same sheep will never look quite the same as that special first fleece – it is unique. The proceeds from its sale will help pay for Cormoran and his flockmates’ food, care products, and any veterinary help they need throughout the year.
This is a natural 100% wool product, made by my hands, about as ethical as you can get with great provenance – made in its entirety at our smallholding. The carded wool used for the back is a mixture of wool, a tiny bit from our sheep Mochi and the majority is Shetland wool that I bought from a small pet flock and then washed and hand-carded here on the farm. That particular Shetland fleece did contain quite a lot of hay, many people would discard and throw away fleeces like this but I hate waste and for me personally I don’t mind there being little bits of dried grass felted in with the backing wool if it is not intended to be reversible. I removed the most noticeable pieces and left others to become part of the felt, so unless you have a severe grass allergy they will do no harm at all. I did not felt the back of this fleece as hard as some rugs as I wanted it to retain a softer texture that would allow it to drape nicely on a sofa or bed.
Cormoran’s fleece would look amazing draped on the back of a chair, sofa, bed, or for use as a super cosy bedside rug. It does not noticeably molt like most vegetarian sheepskin’s therefore it is very versatile and ideal to cosy up with. I would class it as a lightweight-medium-weight rug. It would also make a very nice photo prop. Being made of only wool (and the odd bit of hay…) it is completely biodegradable and kind to our planet…
Please note most felted sheepskin rugs do shed wool/fibers to some degree – Cormoran’s fleece is very very minimal if at all to be honest therefore it is a fantastic fleece to place on the back of a sofa or bed.
Felted fleeces aka vegetarian sheepskin rugs are best suited to light use but will last for years and years if cared for.
Dimensions: Measurements taken on the fleece side are approx at the longest 115cm long x 60-66cm wide. The rug is narrower at one end than the other.
Wool texture: The feel of this fleece is soft, silky and curly in places. The locks are smooth and wavy in places and shorter in others with little curls here and there. Some area’s of the fleece may be over felted which happened whilst Cormoran was wearing this fleece and do not detract from it at all.
Colour: The colour of this rug is dark, black in places with natural sun-bleached brown highlights on the tips and whisps of grey hairs here and there
VM(aka hay/grass seeds etc): I spent time removing the most noticeable bits of debris Cormoran collected in his fleece throughout the year, bits of hay and grass seeds mostly.. However, you may a few find bits of hay as this is a natural unprocessed handmade piece.. on Cormoran’s rug there are a few pieces of hay embedded within the backing wool. There is a photo showing an example of one area. The fleece side is beautifully clean virtually free from any hay etc at all.
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A lot of time, care and love go into all my items they are all individually made one at a time by just 1 pair of hands – from caring for and shearing the sheep, washing the wool and crafting an item to the packaging and posting – handmade in the truest sense of the word.
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We keep a well-loved, high welfare flock of pet and rescue sheep on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales. Our sheep are a part of the family and each is known by name. All our wool and makes are vegetarian-friendly as we do not breed or sell sheep for the meat market and our sheep live out their natural lives with us. I am a full-time mum and shepherdess. In my (none existent!) free time I make things from wool from the sheep in order to sustain them.