Monday, 4 March 2013
I'm four weeks in to my Felt making course and today was a special day spent talking about wool...and visiting Devon and Cornwall Wools.
Wool is a by product of meat production and therefore needs to be disposed of by farmers. Fleeces are brought to this huge (and very cold) warehouse where they are sorted and graded before being shipped out to different manufacturers.
Each fleece is individually graded by experts who can instantly assess the micron count and also see if the sheep has been under any stress which may affect the strength of the wool fibres.
Different breeds of sheep produce a variety of types of fleece and in many colours..
a really informative and interesting peek into wool production. I'm looking at sheep in the fields in a very different way now.
The rest of the day was spent at a wonderful farm on Exmoor specialising in a modern rare breed sheep the Bowmont . these pretty little animals can be seen at Devon Fine Fibres I won't even try to tell you about this little bit of heaven just click on the link and see for yourself....