A. The name for the rugs that I weave and then felt from our critters fleeces happened about 2 o'clock one morning as we were prepping for a show. I had been standing and walking on the concrete floor of the workshop, when I walked on one of my rugs.
"Wow, that's like walking on a cloud," were the words my tired brain said. Blending fleecy, fanciful, fluffy and many other wooly cloudy words, I suddenly said, "It's Fleecyful!" And that's what they've been every since.
|LHF Basil looks at her winter wooly coat as she gets|
her spring hair cut.
A. I weave my Fleecyful Rugs from fleeces grown by our sheep and angora goats here on our farm. Each rug is one entire fleece. Some of our critters grow a lot of fiber, others grow less. We shear some of them once a year, others get a spring and fall hair cut. So, some rugs are fairly big, others make a nice seat cover for ladderback chair. The rugs have all the benefits of a sheepskin - they are durable, breathable, washable and cushiony - with one HUGE added benefit - my sheep get to live long, healthy, happy lives and give me fleeces year-after-year. While I wouldn't call my sheep pets, I am terribly attached to them
|I weave my rugs on the 1929 Newcomb rug loom that|
my aunt Jeannie gave to me many years ago. It takes
me 16 hours to warp this loom, and then about 2-4 hours
per rug weaving time. I can weave 5-8 rugs per warp.
A. Every year Lena and I shear all the sheep and goats, one at a time on a stand. As we use the hand shears, I get to know the fleece and when I put it in the pillow case for storage, I write on it the name of the sheep, the year, and the word "Spin, rug or if it is a particularly nice fleece it gets the designation "Me spin!" I figure for all the work I put in, I deserve the pleasure of spinning the best fleeces.
Q. How do you weave your rugs?
|LHF Demi's fleece more than fills a storage pillow case.|
Demi's fleeces make some of my fastest selling rugs.
Luckily, she grows so much wool, we shear her twice a year.
Q. What does the felting process do to the rugs?
|A stack of Fleecyful Rugs currently for sale at the|
Arkansas Craft Guild Gallery.
Q. How do you care for a Fleecyful Rug?
A. Fleecyful Rugs can be washed on a regular basis in a front load washer on a gentle or permanent press cycle. Dry your rug over a porch rail, over the shower curtain rod or anywhere you hand your laundry to dry.
|Lisa personally inspects every mohair Fleecyful Rug.|
Q. Are these rugs safe for pets?
A. Our house critters (dogs and cats) like them a lot. Lisa-cat personally inspects every mohair rug and Ziffer-cat helps with the felting process on most rugs. Gibbs-puppy has his own personal Demi-rug. That's not to say that a determined dog can't tear one up, but they are durable and make great pet beds.