Felted fleece rugs are totally “sheep friendly”. No sheep are harmed in the process of making them, hurray! They may look just like sheepskin rugs but if you turn one over, you will see the base of the rug is made entirely of wool, not a hint of hide in sight.
Making each rug is a labour intensive but enjoyable process. It takes me several days to make a rug as everything is done by hand, see how I make them here:
This rug is made from a Texel x Herdwick fleece. It comes from our friends Christine & Russell who run a smallholding in Dumfries where they keep a flock of several different breeds of sheep as well as ponies and dogs. They have a similar ethos to us, each of their sheep have names and are friendly and cuddly.
Texel x Herdwick sheep have creamy coloured, thick and springy wool. Click here for further info about this breed and the wool characteristics of these lovely sheep.
This rug is very soft, and due to the “puffiness” of the wool, it’s thick and “bouncy”. It’s the sort of wool you just want to keep on stroking!
It measures approx. 28 inches in length from top to bottom measured at the longest points, and approx. 22 inches across the middle at the widest part. These measurements don’t include the locks, the locks measure approx. 4 inches making the rug appear bigger when it is laid flat.
Please note, there is a very faint hint of blue in the left, middle part of this rug. This is marker spray paint which you can read all about here: In making this rug I took care to remove any blue wool but some must have slipped through. Luckily it is very faint and your eye wouldn’t be drawn to it unless you were looking for it. If you zoom in on the main photo you can just about make it out.
Please also note, although I soak, wash and rinse each rug I make, (sometimes I’ll wash a rug several times over depending on how adventurous the sheep has been on her travels through the pastures and what she has collected on her fleece over the year), it’s likely you’ll still find little “meadow reminders” hiding away in the wool. Hopefully not too many though! I go through each fleece after it’s washed and dried and pick out any remaining “meadow bits”, but as you can imagine, it would be impossible to remove every single little seed.
Should you ever need to wash your rug yourself, it can be gently soaked in warm water using a wool/silk detergent followed by a refreshing vinegar rinse to keep the pH happy. More washing info is included with each rug I send out.