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.
I made this rug from a bag of fleeces given to me by friends of ours who keep a small flock of Border Leicester sheep. Border Leicesters are one of the “big British sheep breeds” – they’re easily recognisable as they carry themselves in a certain upright kind of a way, almost proudly, and rightly so, they are lovely looking sheep. Their wool is creamy in colour, long and “shaggy” and the locks are well defined. At the end of each lock there is a small and rather cute curl.
This rug measures approx. 34 inches in length from top to bottom measured at the longest points, and approx. 24 inches across the middle (not including locks). Locks measure about 4 inches. This rug would make an ideal bedside rug or even a luxurious bath mat. It has quite a lot of weight to it and drapes well, it would look nice placed on a chair, ottoman or bench to soften a room, or simply draped over the arm of a sofa to snuggle into on chilly evenings.
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:
My husband 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. You can see what we get up to if you read our stories on the main page
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 they can be gently soaked in warm water using a wool detergent followed by a refreshing vinegar rinse to keep the pH happy.