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For sale at Carlisle on Saturday 23rd September, 6 shearling ewes & 3 ram lambs. Also at NSA RAM SALE BUILTH WELLS on Monday 25th September 6 shearling ewes & 4 rams lambs.

Blue Texel Females, Shearling Ram and Ram Lambs available now for sale off farm. Well grown, good skins and conformation.

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Breeds come and go with fashion, while a few stick around to become the mainstay of the British sheep flock. But husband and wife team David and Jennifer Alexander believe the Blue Texel, with its conformation and ease of lambing, will be here to stay. Read the recent Farmers Guardian farm feature More

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Blue Texel Sheep Society

Lleyn Sheep Society

Scottish & Borders Lleyn Breeders Club

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Felt Making

Jennifer Alexander incorporates a variety of plant and animal fibres within her textile work, which bears witness to a wide spectrum of felt, handmade paper and silk papermaking skills. Jennifer first became interested in learning how to make felt, primarily as a surface to stitch into, when she was a City & Guilds Creative Studies student. Since completing that course her feltmaking skills have developed a much wider perspective through becoming a member of the International Feltmakers Association. Jennifer’s current feltwork includes large wall hangings as well as a range of accessories – bags, scarves, hats and slippers. In 2006 she was one of the first students in the UK to attain the new C&G Diploma in Feltmaking.

Felt is one of the oldest textiles known to man and in fact pre-dates woven material. Intrinsically felt is made from layers of woollen fibres, which are compressed by varying combinations of heat, moisture, alkalinity and friction.

Jennifer has become especially interested in devising ways of using wool from the sheep flock at home. The predominant breed at Millside is a highly acclaimed flock of pedigree Lleyns but of more interest for Jennifer’s feltwork are the Blue Texels. Colours within Blue Texel wool range from a steely blue colour that gives the breed its name through dark browns to silvery greys. Our current Blue Texel stock rams are passing on beautiful fleeces to their progeny.

Some of the lighter greys dye beautifully creating deep and dramatic hues. The speckly character of Blue Texel wool has proved very suitable to help interpret the aged concept of cave paintings, based on line drawings of our own sheep. Controlled distortions within the felting process can transform fairly recognisable images of pedigree stock into ancient beasts of indiscernible species!

Lleyn wool for sale/Blue Texel wool for sale

We have a few special shearling ewe fleeces for sale. The Blue Texel fleeces have a lovely range of colours with three main shades of grey. The speckly character of the wool adds interest for hand spinners and the lighter greys are suitable for dyeing [More]

Scotsheep – A Royal Encounter

This was to be a Scotsheep with a difference – where wool was to have more prominence than in the past and a whole building (belonging to Prince Charles) earmarked for this opportunity.[More]

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