I just remembered I forgot! I forgot to tell you about last Month's Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Guilds 'Talk'. It was called 'From Sheep to Chic' and the speaker was Linda Moss. Linda is a textile artist who works mostly with fleece from her own sheep. She keeps 'Soay' Sheep that are a 'Rare' breed, registered with 'The Rare Breeds Survival Trust'.
This Photograph shows the fleece shedding - this lucky sheep is being cared for at a sanctuary ran by 'Enfield' Wildlife Rescue and AmbulanceThey are also good for meat, (sorry I cringed writing that). The meat portions are much smaller but apparently delicious. Rather than eat the lamb, farmers would wait until the Lamb is older than seven months and then it is called a Hogget and the meat is also called Hogget...not lamb and not mutton, the portions then are bigger than they would be but still considerably smaller than your average lamb. Enough already of all this talk of eating little Hoggetsies it is not a nice thought! Delicious on the plate maybe but not a nice thought when you look at the cute little Baa Lambs. I am such a 'Townie' and would really have never made a Farmers Wife! My meat comes in packs not from animals of course!
You can read Linda's Artists Statement Here and also see samples of her work, felting, Dying and crochet to make hats, scarves, bags and jewellery. I loved the bags made with natural fleece that had been wet felted. Some of them had buttons made from natural materials, stone with natural holes in them (as opposed to drilled holes), leather or horn. Bags like this could have been made in Bronze Age Britain as the techniques and materials were all available then. Bone, leather, stone and horn would have been used for buttons. It is believed felting is the earliest form of fabric dating from at least 10 000 years ago.
Do pop over and read more about Linda Moss and look at more examples of her beautiful textile work. Very inspirational stuff.
Now me needs a little sheepy. We have just about chicken proofed the garden (well we actually gave half of it to the chickens and gave up)! I wonder if I could persuade my Other Half to Soay Sheep proof the back garden? I have also heard about a Piggy Wig that needs a new home as it is upsetting its Llama and Alpaca brothers and sisters!
Mental note to self: Must Buy Lottery Ticket!