Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fishy book blunder

I've recently been reading a new book out called The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More than 200 fibers from Animal to Spun Yarn, written by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius. Inside, is a review of many kinds of sheep, including Shetland. Upon reading the Shetland section, however, I have some serious questions!!

1. Why is the reader steered to a private individual's website for information about Shetland sheep with no mention of our national breed organization?? Seems fishy to me that the reader is not given the information to find NASSA, where accurate and credible information about the sheep can be found, especially since the title of this book uses the words "sourcebook".

2. Why is a breeder description of fleece used that doesn't use Breed Standard language? Why is said breeder not identified in the segment? The breeder describes Shetland fleece as silky and crimpy. Our standard demands longish and wavy. (Neither the word silky, or crimpy is used on our standard) Fishy. Using incorrect words misleads the reader.

3. Why is there no mention of the Doanes, Col. Dailley's daughter-in-law, Linda Zuppan and her vet, or others who are CREDIBLE, reliable sources for Shetland sheep? (People who will go down in history as largely significant to the breed's early years on the North American continent.)

4. Why are the staples as short as sheepy arm pit wool and really crimpy when our standard demands of us longish and wavy fiber?

5. Why do the authors claim matte fibers felt easily? Our breed standard demands of us extra fine and soft texture, longish, wavy, and well closed. The scales on Shetland fibers should be close together, fine, and smooth at the arc of the scale, hence soft texture. These qualities make Shetland fiber hard to felt. No genuine Shetland fiber should felt easily.

6. Why is the emsket lock brown?

7. Why is there virtually no mention of the importance of Shetland hand textiles to this incredible handspinning breed?? Hummmm, fishy, for you cannot separate the fiber characteristics from the rich hand textile history!

8. Why are Shetlands referred to as British sheep, when Brits and Scots had nothing to do with the development of the breed?

9. Why do the authors refer to beaver coats as coarse when our breed standard demands of us extra fine and soft texture, longish, wavy, and well closed? Longish and wavy is very soft, fine, and a pleasure to spin, knit, and wear.

Food for thought. Remember, Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles!!

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