Natural felted sheepskin fleece rug handmade from Smartie’s 2021 fleece…
This beautiful large felted sheepskin fleece rug is made from the fleece of Smartie the ram (he is pictured in the photos admiring this very fleece). Smartie’s felted fleece is a beautiful white and dark grey/black spotted colour. It is wonderfully fluffy and soft perfect to snuggle up under. The reverse of Smartie’s rug is made from carded wool that is then hand felted to the fleece, a process that takes many hours and elbow grease. I tried to mimic Smartie’s spotted markings on the underside by carefully arranging the black and white carded wool to give a beautiful spotted splotchy pattern. That wool is carded by me on the farm, it is a mix of wool from some of my other sheep – Currant and her and Smartie’s daughter Raisin was used for the black/grey and the white comes from Norbert, Lily and late Rupert. I have also needle felted Smartie’s name on there. The underside of this rug is lovely and soft felt. It is also a very large size in comparison to most felted fleece rugs!
I can personally vouch for how great Smartie’s fleece is as I kept his fleece from 2020 for myself. It is lovely and soft, doesn’t moult, is versatile, perfect to sit upon or snuggle under. I wouldn’t be without my own it has kept me cosy all year. It is not a super heavyweight fleece so if you are looking for a fleece to place on a bed or sofa this one is perfect!
Smartie is a handsome Jacob cross Shetland ram. He lives here with his sons Blackberry and Jim and his daughter Raisin.
This particular fleece is Smartie’s 3rd shear fleece aka the third fleece that he has grown in his lifetime. It is unique as each sheep’s fleece is never quite the same each year, many factors affect it, weather, age, diet etc. You can see this first hand in the photos where it is pictured alongside Smartie’s fleece rug from 2020 which is my own personal fleece that I have on my bed at home. His 2021 fleece has dark grey spots compared to my Smartie fleece which has near black spots.
It seems appropriate to say this now so please note that this listing is just for 1 felted fleece which is his 2021 fleece, the one featured on its own in the photos (not the matching pair – sorry!)
Smartie’s fleece is all-natural 100% wool, animal-friendly and essentially over a year in the making, it has great provenance.
This is a completely handmade product every element has been created by myself and Smartie and the flock at our farm in Wales. The sale of it directly sustains the sheep and enables them to live out their whole lives here munching away growing beautiful wool. You can’t get more ethical than that.
Smartie’s fleece is a great example of a versatile felted fleece rug and I think the photos speak for themselves. It would be suitable for any use, you could use it as a floor rug but for me this rug is most at home draped on bed or a chair or sofa. Perfect to bring a cosy sheep touch to your home!
Being made of only wool (and the odd bit of hay…) it is completely biodegradable and kind to our planet…
Felted fleeces aka vegetarian sheepskin rugs are best suited to light use but they really will last for years and years if loved and treated with respect and care.
Please note this listing is just for Smartie’s 1 fleece – in some photos, it is pictured with his matching fleece from 2020 which is my own fleece and not included in the price.
Dimensions: Measurements taken on the fleece side are approx at the longest 165-180cm long x 100cm wide approx. It is a very large-sized fleece.
Wool texture: The feel of this fleece is springy and soft in texture. It has some variation in coat type and length, some parts are longer in length and others shorter and softer.
Colour: The colour of this rug is a jazzy dark grey/white spotted pattern, like Smartie himself.
VM(aka hay/grass seeds etc): I spent over 6 hours combing and cleaning this fleece, removing all the debris Smartie had collected throughout the year, bits og hay and dried leaves mostly where he has been fed and foraged in hedges in the winter months.. However, you may still find little bits of dried leaves and grass seeds as this is a natural unprocessed handmade piece.
All felted fleeces moult or shed to some degree some more than others. With this particular piece from Smartie that is very minimal and light.
If you have any questions or queries at all please send me a message I will be happy to help.
A lot of time, care and love go into all my items they are all individually made one at a time by just 1 pair of hands – from caring for and shearing the sheep, washing the wool and crafting an item to the packaging and posting – handmade in the truest sense of the word.
Any questions just send me a message.
Postage for this item is with UPS courier 2 working day delivery aim Fully Insured and items are dispatched within 1-5 working days. If you require express postage please contact me before purchase to arrange.
Combined Postage I do combine postage on multiple items if it is not done automatically at checkout I will refund you any overcharges after checkout.
Post Packaging In an effort to be more eco-friendly most of the outer post packaging I send items in is reused aka recycled packaging that we have received parcels in ourselves or that has been gifted to me to put to good use.
OVERSEAS BUYERS will incur an extra postage charge which may vary depending on location.
RETURNS If you are unhappy with your item please contact me within 7 days of receiving it. All items must be returned in their original unused condition and buyer pays return postage.
If you have any problems with your order please contact me and I will do my best to help.
We keep a well-loved, high welfare flock of pet and rescue sheep on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales. Our sheep are a part of the family and each is known by name. All our wool and makes are vegetarian-friendly as we do not breed or sell sheep for the meat market and our sheep live out their natural lives with us. I am a full-time mum and shepherdess. In my (none existent!) free time I make things from wool from the sheep in order to sustain them.