Welsh Mountain Sheep
In early 2019 we gave a home to an elderly Welsh Mountain ewe called Nettle. She came with her friend Mango from the same smallholding as Nora, Doris, Alice, Dobby, Hagrid, Hermione, Luna, Xena and Spot. She is the first pure Welsh Mountain sheep to join the flock but some of our other sheep do have some Welsh genes in them passed down from 3 Welsh Mountain x Shetland ewes who were some of the first sheep I ever owned. There are many Welsh Hill Sheep local to us and sadly many of the fleeces get dumped or burned because commercially they are almost worthless and not worth the time to take to the wool depot. Personally I love working with Welsh Mountain wool. It is coarse and often contains kemp and longer guard hairs making it perfectly suited to rug weaving. It is also great core wool for needle felting and can successfully be used to create wonderful wild looking felted rugs. People often use the terms 'carpet wool' and 'core wool' to describe coarse fleeces in a negative worthless light but as someone who makes rugs and needle felted animals, I strongly feel there is as much value if not more in these types of versatile durable fleeces than there is in a fancy Merino or Wensleydale fleece. I am happy to buy local Welsh Mountain fleeces and showcase this brilliant British Wool alongside my own sheep's fiber and who knows perhaps in the future we may have one or two more of these beautiful sheep within our own flock.