Ep. 78 Sheep and Their Fleeces, Parts 1, 2, and 3

Three part series on sheep and fleece, from raising to shearing, to processing and using the fleece. With Deb Robson and Deborah Niemann.

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Sheep and Their Fleeces, Part 1

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, Charlotte French chats with Deb Robson and Deborah Niemann, both sheep breeders and fiber experts, about raising sheep and processing fleece. Be sure to listen to Part 2, an interview with Deborah Niemann on making a business out of your fleeces.

Sheep and Their Fleeces, Part 2

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, we recorded and edited a class taught by Deborah Niemann on using your fleeces to make a fiber business. Deborah taught this class at the Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in September 2019. Used with her permission. This is Part 2 of a special three-part episode.

Sheep and Their Fleeces, Part 3

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, we recorded and edited class taught by Deborah Niemann on using your fleeces to make a fiber business. Deborah taught this class at the Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in September, 2019. Used with her permission. This is Part 3 of a special three-part episode.

 Our Podcast Guests Include

Deb Robson has been working with fibers since she first learned to spin in the 1970s. Her spinning led to research and advocacy to protect rare and historic sheep breeds and to provide resources for other spinners, for breeders and fiber enthusiasts. She was the editor of Spin-Off magazine for many years and co-wrote The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook with Carol Ekarius. You can follow her at Deborah Robson.

Deborah Niemann and her family moved to the country in 2002 to start producing their own food organically, including their own goat cheese. Before she knew what happened, 2 milk goats turned into 20, and a desire to make a simple chèvre launched a whole new career helping people raise their goats. Deborah is the author of Homegrown and HandmadeEcothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally. She teaches online courses on raising goats and chickens at the University of Massachusetts and contributes to magazines such as Hobby FarmsGRITMother Earth NewsChickens, and Urban Farm

Links mentioned in Podcast:

“Shave ’em to Save ’em”
The Independent Stitch
Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook
The Thrifty Homesteader
Homegrown and Handmade, 2nd edition.

Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

Additional Resources:
Emily Chamelin and Kevin Hickman, Shearers
Dharma Trading Co.
Welsh Women’s Sheep Shearing Competition. (In Welsh)
Gulf Coast Native Sheep
Florida Cracker Sheep
No Fleece Left Behind

Podcast Editorial Team: Carla Tilghman, Managing Editor; Jessica Mitchell, Associate Editor; Haley Casey; Associate Editor; Jesse Nedeau, Web Services. Interviews by Charlotte French.

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