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Fleece Sampling Group


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The fleece sampling group (also known as the FSG) is part of Ceredigion WSD and meets monthly at the Reading Rooms in Llanon.

The group is currently run by Sandy Prescott, you can contact her by e-mail at (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:

  • Corriedale
  • Jacob
  • Charollais
  • 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 Fleece Guide.

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.