Grown on the land ~
Felted by hand
The information below introduces you to this range of rugs & throws, ethically sourced & endlessly useful ....
Toe warmers, back comforters, sleep enducers, draft excluders. Try them on your office chair, the floor , in front of the fire, in the car , in the bed ,on the bed or your baby's cot, even your yoga mat ! And beware your pets might hanker after one too !
'Florries' are created from a number of different breeds of sheep, most of them native to our British Isles. Did you know there are over 3 dozen different UK breeds ?
This offers you a variety of characteristics to choose from.
Super hardy. Sumptuous. Wholesome . Fabulous . And they all come in their own natural colours. No harsh chemicals , just good honest wool and I try to retain as much of the individual characteristics of each fleece as I can , to give you a truly unique product. They come in variety of sizes . To help you choose the right one , you will find brief descriptions below.
'Shepherd's Stars' are smaller versions created using a mix of different fleece types to create a multicoloured textured cushion pad / scatter cushion .
All are sourced from wool grown in the Highlands of Scotland. Often small holders & crofters have the more interesting fleeces anyway and supporting them in their low carbon local food ethos is something I value.
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Handfelted pure sheep's fleece rugs bring you the many great benefits of wool in a very natural way.
Fully machine washable on a wool cycle , suitable for all ages & countless purposes .
Soft , cosy & durable. Breathable, Fire retardant,
Therapeutic for us and the sheep !
Totally Sustainable Living Wool !
You may have come across the term
'Vegetarian Sheepskins' but I think
'Florrie' is much more fun !
Gneiss & Light ~ In celebration of our rugged landscape.
Currently available from 4 breeds
Blackface ~ Longer & straighter fibres , remarkably soft , yet durable. Hardy ! Glows with light , in white with occasional hints of grey.
Hebridean ~ Fleece clipped from older sheep, who like us, lose pigment colouration in their wool. Hence they become grey & silvery . They also tend to be a little courser ,making them even more hard wearing than their younger relations !
Lleyn ~ robust & shorter fibres with much less crimp than the Blackface but still snuggly and soft. Mostly white . Ideal for babies due to the short staple length of the fibres .
Romney ~ a mid length fibre , mixed crimp , sometimes better described as Cherish the Curls ! Very strong and soft. Mostly white.
Ginger & Spice ~ In celebration of warmth, & exotic comfort.
Currently available from 2 Breeds
Jacob ~ The Jacob sheep with it's distinctive piebald colouring & handsome horns is the predominant breed here. Their fleece offers a fabulous mix of golden, spice colours,with splashes of white & currently alot of where white is more predominant . Soft crimp & longer fibres. Always popular & very practical.
Shetland ~ The Shetland sheep come in many different colours, some of which are incredibly warm & subtle(and have fabulous names too! )Crimpy and very soft.
Cherish the Curls ~ In celebration of curls..crimp...magnificence.
Currently available from 5 Breeds .
Lincoln Longwool ~ A premium fleece. Magnificently curly , very strong, long & lustrous curls . White with sometimes a soft amber hue.
Blackface Mule ~ White. Softer & shorter locks with generally tighter crimp than the Longwool .
Shetland ~ Variety of colours . Exceptionally soft, fine crimp with mixed staple length. The shorter stapled ones can be ideal for babies.
Blue Face Leicester ~ Very crimpy, very fine , Darker colours.
Only occasionally available.
Romney ~ mostly white. Mid length staple. Strong , soft with a good range of more open crimp. but sometimes better described within Gneiss & Light range.
Ebony Glow ~ In celebration of rich dark chocolatey colours.
Currently available from 3 Breeds .
Hebridean ~ Soft bouncy wool, sometimes with golden
sunbleached tips over almost black wool. Occasionally wirier and greyer & more silvery.
Shetland ~ Mixed darker shades, fine & crimpy & always soft.
Jacob cross bred ~ soft & hard wearing rich dark chocolatey colours.
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR FLORRIE
Shake out regularly. It can also stand a gentle vacuum now and then .
WASHING INSTRUCTIONS : your rug is machine washable on a wool wash up to 30 0 C Please place it in an old duvet cover , loosely tied ( to help protect your machine from stray fibres ).
Once dry ( outside will be quicker ) , tease out the tips of the locks if desired to bring back the full fluffy luxury of the wool. Please do not tumble dry !
Laying down one layer of fibres , tuft by tuft . Each layer is lightly damped with warm soapy water before the next layer is added.
The process of felting ~
choosing the right fibre
While there may be several dozen different sheep breeds within Britain alone , not all of these grow a wool type that is suitable for Feltmaking. Primarily the wool of most Down land breeds is alot less easy to felt because EACH fibre - staple- is too short at about 2 - 3 inches or 5 - 8 cms .
For traditional feltmaking an ideal length of fibre is
8 inches - 20 cm or more