The fleece sampling group (also known as the FSG)
is part of Ceredigion WSD and meets monthly at the Reading Rooms
The group is currently run by Sandy Prescott, you
can contact her by e-mail at WSDCeredigion@hotmail.com
(please put FSG in the subject).
We meet from 10am to 4pm, bring your lunch and your
own mug (tea and coffee are provided). There is a small charge for
attending the meetings to cover the cost of hiring the room.
Any Ceredigion WSD Guild member is welcome to come
along and join us.
This group started informally three or four years
ago to focus on sampling different fleeces. There never seemed to
be quite enough time to do everything at Guild meetings, especially
when people were attending workshops or committee meetings, so we
started meeting at a members's house every few months. In 2009 we
started meeting every month in Llanon.
The aim of the FSG is to obtain fleeces from different
breeds of sheep, to divide them up between participants, to take
our little bags of sheepy goodies away, to process them at home
and return with our results to discuss the finer points of each
fleece at a subsequent meeting.
In 2011 we have sampled and/or discussed fleeces from
the following breeds:
- NZ lamb pencil rovings
- White Faced Woodland
- Coloured Corriedale
In 2010 we sampled Masham, Blue Texel, Lleyn, Portland, Black Welsh
Mountain, Southdown, and Manx Loaghtan.
Good Fleece Guide 2009 (Wales)
In 2009 Sue started collecting information about where we could
obtain fleeces locally and the result of her labours is the Good
The guide contains details of 19 suppliers, mostly local to us
here in west Wales, whose fibre and fleeces our members have tried
and enjoyed over the past year or so.
Click here to see the guide (PDF).
Sandy Prescott is working on producing a revised and updated guide.