At Windswept Farms, we shear our sheep in late February, usually three to four weeks before the ewes lamb. Fleeces are carefully identified and stored until after lambing season, when we begin skirting them and pricing them for handspinners. We do have some spinners who choose their fleece "on the hoof" and these fleeces are skirted and shipped immediately after shearing.
At this time, we have approximately 90 Shetland fleeces for sale. We have fleeces of all colors available: Black, Dark Brown, Moorit, Fawn, Mioget, Musket, and Gray (from Light Gray to Dark Gray), Emsket, and Shaela. Please call or e-mail us to confirm availability, obtain fleece samples, and make arrangements for shipping.
Fleeces are now organized and represented by color on the website- click on the color thumbnail below or the on the list to the left to see individual fleeces.
HOW WE SKIRT OUR FLEECES
Please note that fleeces are basically skirted to remove all urine and fecal material, and as much vegetable matter as possible prior to processing. The britch wool is removed and sometimes the area of the neck. Neck wool is only removed if it is deemed unusable. We skirt our fleeces quite heavily and believe that you should not have to pay for wool that is unusable.
HOW TO PURCHASE A FLEECE
Please call or e-mail Mike at email@example.com to confirm availability of your fleece choice. We will need your e-mail address that you use for Paypal and your shipping zip code. We will calculate the cheapest method of shipping, usually USPS and send you a Paypal invoice. Once the invoice is marked paid we will ship your purchase.
OBTAINING A FLEECE SAMPLE
We have had to implement a new policy on fleece samples. If you would like a fleece sample we will charge $2.00 which will be applied toward your purchase. We regret having to do this, but we have had some folks wanting a sample of every fleece we have. I hope that you can understand why we have had to do this.
WE CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE ANY FLEECES LISTED ON OUR SITE. PLEASE COTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A SPECIFIC TYPE OR COLOR.
Thank you for cooperating with this inconvenience! We are doing our best to get our most recent inventory up as soon as possible!
Here are some definitions of the Shetland Fleece Types
A “primitive” Shetland fleece is usually very long (staple over 5 inches) and usually fairly straight with little crimp. A primitive Shetland fleece is usually distinctly double-coated, with a slightly shorter/softer undercoat and a longer (possibly coarser) outercoat. Primitive Shetland fleeces can be coarser/less fine than the single-coated or intermediate fleeces, but some can be very fine as well. Some can be very soft, and some can be very silky and lustrous. We try to remember to include these descriptions on our website!
A “single-coated” or “kindly” Shetland fleece is usually shorter (1 to 3 inch staple) and very fine with lots of crimp. The single-coated Shetland fleece is usually very uniform, although there is still can be some variation between neck, side, and britch.
An “intermediate” or “Classic” Shetland fleece is the middle of the Shetland spectrum. There is a nice uniform crimp, a medium staple length of 3 to 5 inches, with a subtle double coat and a nice “tip” to the lock structure of the fleece- there should be distinct locks. Most intermediate Shetland fleeces hopefully fall into the fine category. The intermediate fleece is also fairly uniform all over- again there can be subtle variation between neck, side and britch.