Sheep To Shawl

Sheep To Shawl is an ongoing project where I am documenting Hannah  as she turns the wool from her pet sheep, Milo, into a shawl which she will wear on her wedding day.

Milo is a year old orphan hand-raised by Hannah. This is the first time he has been shorn and Hannah is taking a hands-on approach in every aspect involved, from shearing through to weaving.

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Hannah has a go shearing, under the instruction of an experienced Falkland Islands shearer

 

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Three kilograms of wool came off Milo and here the owners at Estancia Farm inspect the fleece, pulling off any soiled or dyed pieces
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At the guild of Spinners and Weavers, Hannah picks through the fleece, choosing the pieces she will spin to create yarn
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The fleece is filled with natural oil, lanolin, and is very sticky. Experienced spinner, Alison, cards some of the fleece to make the spinning process easier for Hannah
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After a few attempts, Hannah gets into the swing of things and manages to produce half a bobbins worth of yarn
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The wedding colours have been chosen, and at a dying session it’s time to test the dye on the wool. She has a few experiments first before taking the plunge on Milo’s fleece
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  1. What an interesting story, especially with regards to the wedding day outcome! Great idea from you Hannah

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