The Process

It all starts with a boy and a girl…

Shetland Lamb at Ascog Farm
Shetland Lamb at Ascog Farm

After a bit of growing, in their second year and beyond, the sheep are sorted for shearing…

Sheep gathered in the pen for shearing at Ascog Farm
Sheep gathered in the pen for shearing at Ascog Farm

And we end up with fleeces…

Typical Shetland fleece straight off the back of the sheep
Typical Shetland fleece straight off the back of the sheep

The fleeces get bagged up (into ‘woolsacks’ – ever seen a pub with that name?) and sent off to the mill…

Clipping and bagging up in progress at Ascog Farm
Clipping and bagging up in progress at Ascog Farm

From there the yarn is sent off to independent, traditional weavers – either our friends at the London Cloth Company or Scalpay Linen in the Outer Hebrides…

Yarn can be woven into products such as blankets…

Ascog Wool blankets
Ascog Wool blankets

Or cloth for upholstery or garment-making…

Ascog Wool herringbone cloth
Ascog Wool herringbone cloth

Each year we also save some woollen yarn for a range of exclusive hand-knitted designs…

Hebridean and Shetland woolly hat with sheep motif
Hebridean and Shetland woolly hat with sheep motif

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