The Islay Sheep

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  • United Kingdom

“Handmade Wet Felting and fabric art reflecting the colours of the Isle of Islay ”

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The Islay Sheep

Handmade Wet Felting and fabric art reflecting the colours of the Isle of Islay

My name is Vanessa and I live on the Isle of Islay, an Island famous for its whisky and hospitality. I passionately believe in the beauty of wool, the importance of supporting the British wool industry and especially supporting the young farmers of Islay and its neighbour the wild and rugged Jura.

I buy local fleeces, from a variety of sheep breeds, hand wash them, card them with my hand cranked carding machine and dye using a mix of natural dyes and food dyes. I mix in a little Merino wool and recycled sari silk for luxury and then use my imagination to make hats, scarfs and gloves. I do all this in my kitchen listening to the radio and chasing after the dog when it steals the fleeces from the kitchen table!

Because I love the process of wet felting so much I also make kits so that you can learn the skill and create something unique.