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Food & crafts => Crafts => Topic started by: The Chicken Lady on May 06, 2008, 09:05:33 am

Title: sheep skin rugs
Post by: The Chicken Lady on May 06, 2008, 09:05:33 am
My sheep are nearly ready for slaughter. Will I be able to have the skins? I would like to colour them - how do I treat the skins if I can do this?  :)  :sheep:
Title: Re: sheep skin rugs
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on May 10, 2008, 06:43:00 pm
I think the best thing to do is have a chat with the person who is doing the slaughtering.

Title: Re: sheep skin rugs
Post by: rustyme on May 10, 2008, 07:18:34 pm
the above site gives a good idea of what you need and how to do things . The commercial way is different and involves all sorts of chemicals and processes. The way outlined in the link is more or less how I have done it in the past. I did a few sheep skins and even a badger ( found by the side of the road ) . When I get my own sheep , I will follow this way of doing it . Dyeing , I would imagine , would be done after curing , with any of the common wool dyes available .
         I used to work in a skin and hide processing place. The main thing you must do when you get your skin is rub plenty of salt into the wet side of it, until you are ready to cure it.  This is maybe best done as soon as you collect it . In hot weather they start to go OFF very fast. Salt it, rub in well and then pop it in a plastic bag or two till you get home.     Make sure you unroll the edges, two big scooped handfulls per sheep skin will do the job and then rub it in well . Hope that is of help ...cheers Russ...
Title: Re: sheep skin rugs
Post by: woollyval on May 19, 2008, 05:42:06 pm
ANYONE   and I mean anyone who wants to know about making their sheep into sheepskins contact Fenland Sheepskin on 01278 427586 and ask for June Tinnion.
I have all my lambs and sheeps skins made into wonderful amazing rugs etc and its not too expensive!
June will tell yuo how to send your skins in phone her well before you slaughter!