Angela King took spinning, dying and felting classes at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. After years of practicing and learning from members of the local SpinOff guild, she tries to utilize what her sheep produce in creative ways, and shares her love of fiber with 4-H and Wake Forest students each year.
Shetlands come in 11 colors and 30 marking patterns, so all of our sheep can be quickly recognized as individuals. Shetlands are known for very soft wool as well as a rainbow of natural colors. We sell hand-spinning fleeces both locally and over the internet, Fleeces that don’t sell quickly are processed into roving or yarn which is then sold at craft fairs or converted to needle-felted ornaments, sculptures or dryer balls. We also sell breeding stock to new shepherds wanting to raise Shetlands or established breeders looking for new bloodlines. Extra ram lambs or any animal unsuitable for breeding is sold directly to consumers for meat or as a fiber “pet”. We are fortunate enough to have a local processor from whom we retrieve the pelt and any horns, which we use as value-added products.
Our daughter, an enthusiastic young shepherd, introduced us to Leicester Longwool sheep and we know also maintain a growing flock of these very raise sheep. Leicester Longwools were found throughout
colonial America, but over time were replaced by other “improved breeds”. We are dedicated to maintaining the genetic diversity this historic breed provides. They are quite different from Shetlands. As their name implies, their wool is long, and often hands in ringlets.
Angela uses it in needle-felting for that reason. It is not as soft as Shetland wool, but none for its rich luster. Leicesters and Shetlands are both rare , slow-growing heritage breeds. The chance to use their wool or consume their meat is a rare treat!
How can interested buyers get in touch with you?
Facebook page (Enno Farm)
And if anyone is in NC, come see us. We love to show off our sheep!