Wild Felted Wool Seat Pad ‘Darwin’
This wonderfully wild felted wool seat pad has been made using part of Darwin’s 2022 fleece. Sometimes called ‘vegetarian sheepskins’ or ‘felted fleeces’ this is a sheep-friendly craft handmade from natural wool.
The sheep: Darwin is one of the babies of the flock he is curious and gentle and laid back about life. He doesn’t yet have his own page on our website for me to link to but you can see him in lots of the photos checking out this very seat pad with his friends and posing in his witchy hat! Darwin is a mixed breed sheep. His mum is Wilma a pure breed Greyface Dartmoor and his dad is Cormoran a Valais Blacknose/Blue Face Leicester crossbreed.
The process: This seat pad has been made by carefully taking small sections of Darwin’s fleece and arranging them in an oval shape, carded wool from different sheep is placed on the back along with decorative wool yarn and then it is then felted by hand. The felted wool underside is thick and textured, carefully designed and made. Decorated with several different handspun wool yarns and Darwin’s name needle felted on, this felted seat cover is really pretty and unique. This is a completely handmade product every element has been created by my hands and the flock at our farm in Wales. I shear the sheep myself with blade shears and wash and card the backing wool fleeces. All the yarn is hand-spun by my hands too. The sale of this item directly sustains the sheep it pays for their feed and upkeep of the land enabling the flock to live long happy lives here munching away growing wonderful wool.
The seat pad: Darwin’s fleece is beautiful – the locks are long and slightly wavy and a lovely mix of warm grey and cream colors with subtle hints of brown. Darwin’s fleece seat pad is an oval shape that looks fantastic on a wooden bench or a rustic armchair or draped on a sofa. It would also work great as a little oval rug.
Size: Measured on the fleece top side lock tip to lock tip it is approx 65 x 55 cm. The felted area is smaller approx 48 x 37cm – the locks overhang the felted area.
Wool texture: The feel of this fleece is hairy, it is just on the coarser side.
Colour: Natural white/cream/grey/brown tones.
Hair loss: Minimal – there is a little loss of hairs which is normal. All felted fleeces moult or shed to some degree some more than others. Moulting typically lessens over time.
VM(aka hay/grass seeds etc): Few and far between with this item. But as always you may find the odd wisp of hay or grass seed from the Welsh Hillside within the fleece and felt I have done my best to remove the ones I came across. This is a natural item gently made by hand and sheep. There is a whole story behind it! The wool it is made from has spent a whole year outside growing on a sheep. It’s been through a lot, it’s seen a lot, it’s kept a sheep warm and dry and even cool at times.. its probably been dragged through a hedge (or two!), splattered with mud at some point, sprinkled with hay at another and rolled around in the spring clover as it naturally started to rise and break away from its 4 legged creator and I got my shears out – all that and the wool still looks beautiful.. none the worse for wear.. isn’t wool amazing!
Fleeces get washed during the felting process and then they all get a thorough wash or two after they are felted so they are thoroughly clean and smell divine. They are left to dry in the open air or sometimes draped beside the stove in winter. I am passionate about keeping things natural and energy use to a minimum when making my woollen crafts.
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 goes into all my items they are all individually made one at a time my hands and sheep – from caring for and shearing the sheep, washing the wool and crafting an item to the packaging and posting – hand (and sheep) made in the truest sense of the word.
Any questions just send me a message I will always do my best to help.
Postage is with Royal Mail Tracked 24 hour delivery and items are dispatched within 1-5 working days. If you require different postage or are an overseas buyer please contact me before purchasing 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 I do ship worldwide but the shop is currently set to UK customers only. Please contact me if you are overseas and I will arrange the purchase for you. You will incur an extra postage charge which may vary depending on location, plus any taxes or customs charges your country places upon the parcel.
RETURNS If you are unhappy with your item please contact me within 5 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.