Sheep Shearing...

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Sunday, July 11, 2010
I had an amazing morning on the farm, being pretty useless, and standing around looking sheepish (excuse the pun!), not knowing what I could do (they seemed pretty organised and sorted to me!) Watching how fast and skillfully they sheared a huge amount of sheep (there were over 2000 to get through over all!!). It was great to see how they actually do it - I don't know how I imagined it would be done, but it was nothing like I thought! After being taught how to wrap a fleece correctly (by a very patient daughter who didn't appear to mind my stupidity!) I was then allowed to try my hand at shearing - when up close and having to control them - those sheep were massive!! So plucking up the courage and trying not to show my fear I had a sheeps head between my legs and was let loose to shear the last bit of fleece off - after a very scared first try (not wanting to get too close to the skin!) I got to try a second one - which went on the escape from my legs and had to be caught by four of them - oops! I think a lot more practice would be needed to make me as good as them - but all the same it's great to say I actually contributed to shearing some of the sheep's fleece I will then be using in my knitwear!


Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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