Each sheepskin is unique to the sheep that it came from. They vary in colour, density and texture; each reflecting their own breed characteristics, time of shearing, and time of harvesting. Our sheep hides are collected on the day of their slaughter. We then salt them at home and bring them for processing to Atlas Tanning and Dyes Ltd. in Blythe, Ontario. The tanning process keeps the wool on the leather and makes the hides more durable and washable. The entire tanning process takes approximately six months.
For those who order a Whole Lamb or Mutton, we offer their sheepskins at a special price of $95.
Uses of sheepskins:
+ Coats, vests, hats, gloves and boots
+ Seat covers for in the house and in cars
+ Bed underlayment for medical patients which have been proven to prevent bedsores, ulcers and provides general comfort
+ Bed lining for babies
+ Rugs and throws
+ Saddle pads
The benefits of sheepskins include:
+ Wool is highly insulative which keeps bodies warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
+ Wool wicks moisture (persperation) which prevents the conditions that allow bacteria to thrive. In fact, unlike other fibres, wool can absorb moisture up to 33% of the wool weight without feeling wet!
+ Natural wool fibers do not conduct electricity.
+ Did we mention that it is extremely soft!?
+ All sheepskins featured below are available now (as of March 2021)
+ Size and form of hides vary; there is a standard pillow case in the pictures for a comparative view. Most hides are 24" wide at their widest (rear leg to rear leg) and vary from 36" to 44" for length.
+ The colours also vary from an ivory white to a light blonde.
+ Price does not include shipping
To purchase a sheepskin, or if you have any questions or if you would like more photos, please email us at farmers(a)thistlecroft.ca.