Felted fleece “sheepskin” rug, cream, long, ‘shaggy’ locks, 39″ x 22″ – Cheviot Hog fleece

£152.00

Manufacture – Hand made

Material –  Wool

Dimensions – length: 39 inches (99cm); width: 22 inches (56cm)

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Description

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.

This rug is made from a fleece kindly given to me by our neighbours.  They keep a flock of Cheviots who have gorgeous fleeces, long, springy and lustrous.  I rootled around in the bag of fleeces and chose a “Hog” fleece to make this rug.  A “Hog” is a young sheep, older than a lamb, but younger than a shearling.  This fleece still contains baby wool and because a Hog wouldn’t have gone through the stress of giving birth yet, the wool is of amazing quality, full of bounce with a silky texture.

I could go on for ages about this fleece so I’ll try not to go over-board, but I fell in love with the cute spirally curls when I was making this rug.  The locks are well defined giving this rug a shaggy appearance.  Close up, each lock is ‘crimpy’, the tip of each lock ends in a curl which is the curly lamb’s wool which baby Cheviots are born with.  As they mature in age their wool becomes straighter and ‘crimpier’ which you will see if you look closely at an individual lock.

This creamy coloured rug measures approx. 39 inches in length from top to bottom measured at the longest points, and approx. 22 inches across the middle at the widest part (not including locks).  Locks measure approx. 3.5 inches.  This is a weighty rug, heavier than the ones I normally make, it must be all that lambs wool!  It’s a real beauty and would make a gorgeous bedside rug, you would never get very far as once your feet touch it they won’t want to move!  It would also look very elegant draped across a bed or an ottoman.  It’s almost too elegant to use as a fireside rug but if you’re not very messy around your fire, then it would look stunning I’m sure.

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.  The bigger the rug, the longer it takes.  This rug took me about a week to make, see how I make them here:

My husband Adrian and I run a small holding in the Galloway Hills of South West Scotland.  We keep a flock of Coloured Ryeland sheep as well as hens and two rescue dogs.  We try to live as sustainably as we can and we like to use what we produce in creative ways.

In keeping with our holistic approach we like to use our fleeces in creative ways.  In the past we sent all our fleeces away to be spun into yarn but now we keep most to make felted fleece items.  Friends and neighbours have taken to giving me their fleeces too which is why I can happily offer many different types of fleeces.  I love the way that by making these rugs, the same sheep can provide a rug year after year.

Please note, although I carefully wash and rinse each rug, you may still find tiny bits of hay/grass/seeds hiding away in the fleece.

Should you need to wash your rug it can be gently soaked in warm water using a wool detergent followed by a refreshing vinegar rinse to keep the pH happy.  You can also machine wash it on the wool cycle however please be aware there is small risk of the rug shrinking if machine washed.

Reviews

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Review for felted fleece rug - soft cream curls
5/5
thank you

Thank you for my beautiful rug, I am absolutely delighted with it!! It goes perfectly in my room and is so lovely and soft…

Review for Felted Cheviot fleece rug
5/5
Gorgeous

Thank you so much for the rug, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Review for Felted fleece \"sheepskin\" rug - Cheviot hog fleece
5/5
A work of art!

This is the highest quality sheepskin I’ve ever seen. It’s a work of art, and we’re proud to have it in our home. I’m overjoyed to have finally found a beautiful cruelty-free option. Big thanks to you and the sheep, who are very cute.

Review for Felted fleece "sheepskin" rug
5/5
Beautiful

Bought for my vegetarian daughter’s birthday. It’s just beautiful. Much lighter weight than a skin so when the box arrived we thought it must be tiny. It was delightful opening up the packaging for the big reveal. You could tell a lot of care had been taken parcelling it up so it up.

Review for Handmade Felted Fleece Rug
5/5
Nicole's Rug in Luxembourg :)

I was looking for an ethical “sheep skin” rug and happily found Nicole and Adrian’s website. Nicole chose for us a beautiful fleece from her sheep which went into the production of our first rug. My family loves it, including the little touches that came with our package too. Nicole and Adrian are wonderful and they put love and care into everything they do. Thank you for this very special rug, we will cherish for many years to come!

Review for Felted Fleece Cushion
5/5
Beautiful Cushion

I had been looking for a felted sheepskin cushion to go in a little reading nook I’ve set up. I saw a few online but the Auchenstroan cushions looked the best of what I saw. The cushion is indeed lovely, warm and cuddly, well made and has a wonderful scent of cedarwood.

Review for This Smallholding Life - Book
5/5
Honest and Practical

Full of facts and figures, this book is what you need if you are seriously considering setting up a smallholding. Adrian doesn’t hold back with the reality of both the financial and emotional investment you will need to be a smallholder. It is refreshing to read about the mistakes made and occasional animal lost. I highly recommend this book.

Review for This Smallholding Life - Book
5/5
A refreshing read, different from other smallholder books

I really enjoyed this book because it mixes it real life anecdotes with information useful for someone thinking about moving to a smallholding. It is therefore very engaging and not “just another book about how to live off the land”. I found it also to be a very honest book in as far as it might even put someone off taking the leap into the smallholder life! It basically spells out that unless you have another job of some sort you are not going to make ends meet no matter how many eggs you intend to sell by the side of the road. I liked this approach because it encourages you to think very carefully before throwing yourself into investing in pigs, sheep, cows or whatever you have in mind. Personally I had absolutely no idea sheep were such hard work and for so little return! My eyes have really been opened, next time I drive along a road and see a field of sheep and lambs I will spare a thought for the farmers and shepherds working away behind the scenes for ridiculously long hours in all kinds of weather. I found the tables on “how much profit can be made” on each animal very illuminating. Also the charts on what each animal needs. It is certainly food for thought because I now know that the smallholder life is not by any means a cheap and cheerful life, it is quite an expensive life, especially at the beginning with all the infrastructure needing putting in place and investment in livestock. I can now see why many smallholders run courses or sell high value or unusual items, just to make their animals pay for their hay, let alone turn a profit. I would absolutely still consider the smallholder life, it has been a dream of mine for a very long time, but after reading this book I will now be thinking about ways to balance a part time job with running a smallholding as opposed to simply living off the land.

Review for This Smallholding Life - Book
5/5
Review of This Smallholding Life - Book

Good mix of facts and figures and real stories that can bring a tear to your eye or make you laugh out loud. I strongly recommend it

Review for This Smallholding Life - Book
5/5
Review of This Smallholding Life - Book

Over the years I have ready many many books on smallholding life. These all seemed to fall into one of two types of books. The instructional manual that tells you all the facts you need to now to run your smallholding. Bit like a Haynes car manual. It all looks clinical and easy, but in real life, the nuts are corroded, and nothing comes apart in the way the manual shows you. The other type is the storybook, full of fun anecdotes about small holding life, which is entertaining to read, but limited in factual detail.

I feel Adrian gets the mix of fact and anecdote spot on. There are chapters what it costs to keep livestock, equipment needed, amount of land needed and so on, but also mixed with real life experience, what it’s like to look after sheep, bees, veg plots and so on.

I had to ration myself to one chapter per day otherwise I would have consumed the book in one reading,

Definitely a 5 star read.

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