Beautiful Arapawa sheep!
From Cornwall to New Zealand, with love :-)
I'm so happy to have been sent some wool from my wonderful friend Allyson in New Zealand, whose friend Cilla lives in Waihi Gorge, a beautiful and scenic area by the river and a waterfall ...it sounds idyllic…and perfect for her sheep too!
Cilla explained a little about the breed - 'Arapawa wool comes from sheep that originated from Arapawa Island in Marlborough Sounds since 130 years ago. Lean, light-boned, alert, bright eyes; they are active sheep and have survived hostile terrain and situations. They are resistant to lots of illnesses such as fly strike and are very good mothers naturally.
You will notice the different texture of the wool as you felt it – the brown is very soft and easy to felt, the grey wool has an elasticity and stretch in it that is completely different from the brown wool.’
Thank you so much Allyson and Cilla - and Fernando, Lola and Luna! What beautiful sheep and I can't wait to get felting :-) xxxxx
Hi, thanks for your lovely comments about my sweet sheep it was a buzz to see them on your FB page! What an honor for their wool to be used as part of some of your beautiful felting art. Looking forward to seeing what their fleece becomes. Happy to send you some more via Allyson after our next shearing session. Next season we'll get wool from the babies...Pandora and Mars Baa.
20/3/2016 07:23:27 pm
Hi Cilla, so lovely to hear from you and thank you for the kind comments :-) The fleece has a wonderful texture - i love the differences in stretch and also the natural 'bobbling' and different shades within each colour. It's always exciting to try new breeds, thank you so much and for the info too, it's an honour for me to have your happy, beautiful sheep on my site :-) It would be great to have some more next shearing..ahhh..and from Pandora and Mars Baa too - great names! I'm seeing what comes up, re inspiration and will keep you posted via Allyson x
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