This snuggly pram liner/baby mat looks just like sheepskin but is in fact totally “sheep friendly”. It is made from 100% wool.
Making felted fleece items is a labour intensive but enjoyable process. It takes me several days to make something as everything is done by hand. Click here to learn more about the process.
I made this mat using wool from Witchy’s fleece. Witchy has a sweet nature and really loves apples. Her wool is dense, “puffy” and very springy. This springiness is because of a concertina like crimp running through each individual wool fibre. The overall feel of her wool is “fuzzy soft”.
Coloured Ryelands are a short-woolled breed. While not sporting the long, glamourous locks of their longer woolled cousins who swish by shaking out their wavy manes, Ryelands have bouncy, oh so soft wool which is at the finer end of the wool micron scale and classed as “medium to fine”. Coloured Ryelands have the added appeal of being a variety of different colours from black to brown to beige to grey, through to silvery white.
While not being the easiest of wools to work with, (Ryeland wool takes a little longer to felt than other fleeces) and the shortness of the wool means it’s quite fiddly to handle, I always think it’s worth the extra effort. Ryeland rugs always turn out to be very cute 😊
Being wool from our own flock, it is totally chemical-free as we don’t use pesticides here. Click here for more info.
I’m a huge fan of using homemade and/or organic products for everything, including washing wool. This mat is washed in “Sonett” olive oil laundry liquid for wool and silk. It is then rinsed in spring water with a splash of our homemade apple cider vinegar and a few drops of organic lavender oil (as a moth repellent).
A little disclaimer; although I soak, wash and rinse each item I make, (sometimes 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 do go through each fleece after it’s been 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.
Finally, if you’re wondering how to look after and wash your mat, please don’t worry, I include care and washing tips with every item I send out.