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Silo Shop at Windblest Farm

Added by Me_1639_micro smartygirl over 9 years ago / Last Updated over 9 years ago

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Windblest Farm was established in 1997, with the purchase of several mature Border Leicester ewes and their lambs, for what was essentially a retirement project for two former teachers. It has since grown to a forty ewe operation, far exceeding initial expectations.

The fibre portion of the business came after the purchase of the sheep when we discovered that the animals we fell in love with produced such beautiful fleeces. From there, what had been a lifelong interest in handcrafts began to centre on wool. That is, the sheep came first, the spinning wheel second.

From the sheep to the skein involves a series of steps that haven’t changed much over the years. Most shearing is now done with power equipment rather than scissors, and washing machines do aid with water extraction but the rest of the process remains the same.

The fleeces that grow on the lambs from birth in February to shearing in October, and that of some of the mature sheep, sheared in April and October, are used for Windblest Farm yarn. Care is taken at every step of the process to ensure a quality final product.

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Wed - Sun:
10:00AM - 04:00PM

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