Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sheep Shearing Season!

 For a girl in love with all things fibery, it's the most wonderful time of the year...sheep shearing season!  These sheep live right down the street.  For years (even before learning to spin) I have watched with anticipation, the arrival of the Spring lambs. Now, I also have an interest in how long their fiber has grown during the past year. 

Here are some photos from earlier this week as the sheep are being sheared.

This is a grey Coopworth sheep, the wool is sun bleached on the tips.

The shearer is settling the sheep to begin shearing.
It is amazing how still they lay seemingly unbothered  by the shearing.

The process takes about 5 minutes.  This shearer told me he has been doing this for 30 years.  In keeping with the family tradition, his son shears with him.

Shearing complete.

Back out in the field to enjoy the Spring sunshine.

I brought the fleece home and began my part of the processing.
The fleece is picked over, skirted, washed, then laid out to dry.
Warm freshly washed fleece!

Thank you Leonard for allowing me to watch the shearing and especially for the fleece!

Love to all,

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