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         Grown on the land   ~ 

                            Felted by hand 

Florries   

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 CurlsIn 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 bredsoft & 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