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  • Texture of Shetland Fleece
  • Whole Raw Black Shetland Fleece
  • Close up showing crimp and curl of shetland fleece
  • Sun Bleached tips of a black shetland sheep fleece
  • Close up of the curl of a shetland sheep fleece
  • Crimp of the fibres of a shetland fleece
  • Gradient of colour from black through brown to caramel of a black shetland fleece
  • Close up of the tips of the fibres showing caramel colouring
  • Rolled Black Shetland Fleece - the tips are rolled inside
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Black Shetland Fleece

Regular price £29.99 GBP
Regular price Sale price £29.99 GBP
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A full fleece from a Black Shetland Sheep

A Beautiful Fleece from a Black Shetland Ewe 

Black / Brown Fleece, suitable for Fibre Crafts such as:
~ Spinning
~ Weaving

About the Fleece

800g in weight
1lb 6 oz in weight

Staple length

Staple length is 4-6 inches at longest, with a natural crimp or curl.

Appearance of the fleece
The fleece is rich in natural lanolin and feels wonderfully soft to the touch.
Weight of the fleece is approximately 800g, ideal for a home spinner.

The fleece is from a Black Ewe, and the tips of the wool have been lightly bleached by the sun.

Why choose the Shetland fleece?

A very fine fleece 
Warm versatile fleece
Suitable for many crafts
Sheep that thrive in a cooler climate
Far superior to many other coarser wools such as a Texel sheep


About the shearing process

We always shear our sheep at the optimum point for them, when the fleece has started to “rise” or naturally separate from the sheep. Every sheep we have is shorn here on our own family farm by a professional shearer to minimise stress to the animal.
Shearing is a very important process and critical to animal welfare, this is because if last year’s wool growth is not removed, the sheep can get too hot which can lead to illness.
Our sheep are raised year round on natural Orkney pasture, which encourages growth of a thick warm fleece with a longer staple length.

The funny thing about Moorit Sheep

The funny thing about Moorit (brown) sheep is that on our farm, at least they stick together in a group. Even if they are in a larger flock of sheep, when you need to move them or there is any danger, the Moorits will always be together.

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