Sheepskins

Sheepskins are returning!  I will be posting them as fast as I can but keep checking back as new ones will appear periodically as my time allows.  If you are looking for a particular type of pelt please email and let me know - I may have it but not yet have it listed.

  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see some unusual pelts.

If you are ordering over $200 of pelts, or are outside of the US, I will contact you regarding actual shipping charges.

Email robin@NistockFarms.com


Beautiful, soft, fluffy machine washable sheepskins in a variety of colors. (See washing instructions at bottom of page.)  All our pelts come from our lambs who have gone into our freezer trade.  We always tan all our lambs' pelts so nothing goes to waste.  We feel that it's another way we can be respectful of their lives.

Sizes are roughly 2.5 feet wide by 3.5 feet long with edges that are somewhat irregular. (Sheep shaped!)  Exact measurements of the leather side are given for each pelt.

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black sheepskin with bald spot

 

This pelt from a crossbred lamb is a solid dark shade - almost black with no sun fading. Wool is matte and 2.5 inches long. Comfy but not extraordinarily cushiony. There is a small bald spot measuring 2 X 3.75 inches near the 4 o'clock position. While it's not tiny it can be combed over so you don't see it which you can observe from the 2 pictures. There is also a narrow triangular patch right at the neck where the wool is oddly short and very slightly gray but not damaged or missing. There are no cuts in the leather. It measures a good sized 29X44 inches.
$129.00

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close up of bald patch

pelt closeup showing bald patch which can be" combed over"

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Cotswold pelt variable curls

 

 

This Cotswold pelt has variable curl character especially through the middle and back.  Curls at the head end are more well defined.  Still, it has a very nice feel and an even, slightly off-white color.   There is good luster to the wool which is about 4 inches long. There are no cuts in the leather but there is a tiny bit missing from the lower hind leg - only really noticeable if you know to look for it. This pelt measures 25" wide by 40.5" long.

$129.00

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Dark pelt with slight red-brown overtones

This pelt from a crossbred lamb is a solid dark color with slight red/brown overtones from fading in the sun. The wool is matte, cushiony and about 4 inches long with a pleasant texture. There are no cuts in the leather.  It measures 29.5 X 44 inches long.

$139.00

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shaggy pelt with red-brown tones
This crossbred lamb pelt is a solid dark color but with more pronounced red/brown overtones from sun fading. Wool is 5" and shaggy, giving it the fun look of a bearskin. The wool is matte with just a hint of luster and reasonably cushiony. There are no cuts, but a small nip is missing from a hindquarter and the wool is so long you don't really notice it.  This pelt measures a large 31 X 45 inches.

$139.00

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close up shaggy pelt

closeup of wool texture

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Large Cotswold pelt
This large Cotswold pelt is a dandy.  The wool has good luster and a nice even wave except in the middle which is rather fuzzy and the curls lose some definition.   Still, the wool is 4 inches long and has a nice silky feel.  There are no cuts or defects in the leather and shape is symmetrical.  This pelt measures a large 32" wide by 44" long.  Very pretty.
$179.00
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large gray sheepskin

leather side gray pelt

This large pale gray pelt has darker wool around the edges and has darker shading down in the wool giving it a dark undertone depending on how the wool lies. It also has a slight yellow overtone from some sun fading.  It's complicated!  The wool is about 2 inches long with moderate luster and a slick hand.  There is some slight asymmetry at one corner which you can see at left.  There is also a very small cut right at the edge (about 8 o'clock) measuring an inch long by half an inch wide.  It can't be seen or felt from the wool side.  It measures a generous 33 X 44 inches. 
$169.00
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wool closeup gray pelt

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large gray Cotswold pelt

leather side gray Cotswold pelt

This large gray Cotswold pelt with darker splotches has very good luster and a nice silky hand but the wool is only about 2.5 inches long so the curls have only just started to form.  The look is more 'ripples' than curls.  There are a total of 5 small cuts around the edges of the pelt, the largest being 1.75" long by 1" wide.  The others are all smaller.   None can be seen from the wool side.  This pelt measures 33 inches wide by 46.5 inches long.

$179.00

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close up gray Cotswold pelt

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gray Border Leicester pelt

This gray Border Leicester pelt has small curls all over.  The gray color is fairly uniform except around the edges which are darker.  The wool surprisingly forms nice little curls and is about 2.5 inches long with moderate luster and a silky feel but is not particularly dense or cushiony.  There is 1 small thin spot in the leather but it doesn't go through the hide. The pelt measures a large 33" wide by 48" long. 
$179.00
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close up gray BL pelt

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Salvaged Pelts

The following pelts are not from our flock.  Sometimes people who bring their sheep or lambs in for processing don't want the hides and so they would be discarded along with inedible carcass material.  This seems like an awful waste to us so we asked the slaughterhouse to alert us when sheepskins would otherwise be thrown away.  If they are free of defects (no matted wool, no insurmountable amount of hay or chaff in the wool) then we prepare them as needed and send them out for tanning.  We do our best to describe exactly what they appear to be but some aspects such as breed may be an educated guess.

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gray shearling pelt

leather side of gray shearling

This pretty gray shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  The wool was trimmed for show and is short - only 1/4 to 1/2 inch long but it has a nice crushed velvet feel and a pretty gray stripe right down the midline to the middle.  With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  There is an area at almost 12 o'clock where some spotty wool loss has occured for some reason.  The leather underneath is clean and normal but the wool has slipped there.  Wool other places shows no signs of letting go.  There are 4 very small nicks around the perimeter of the hide, the largest being less than an inch long by 1/2 an inch wide.  This hide measures 27.5 inches wide by 39 inches long.
$89.00

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close up showing small areas of wool loss
Pelt - close up

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small white shearling pelt
This slightly ivory shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  The wool is a nice clean, even shade of ivory.  The wool has been trimmed for show and is just over 1/4 inch long giving the pelt a brushed velvet feel.   There are no cuts and no wool loss. With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  The pelt measures a petite 23 inches wide by 38 inches long.
$79.00

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eggshell white shearling pelt

 

This slightly eggshell shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  The majority of the pelt is a clean white but there is some yellow staining at the britch. The wool has been trimmed for show and is just a 1/4 inch long giving the pelt a brushed velvet feel.   There are no cuts and no wool loss.  With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  The pelt measures 28 inches wide by 41.5 inches long.

$89.00


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cream color shearling pelt
This cream color shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  The majority of the pelt is a clean white but there is some yellow staining at the britch and faint yellow lines over the butt - maybe residue of marking paint of some kind.  There are 2 dark dots near the hips but they are natural - little dots of gray wool. There is also an ink 'ghost' on the leather from where it was folded at the tannery and leached the ID number before the ink dried.  The wool has been trimmed for show and is just 1/4 inch long and feels especially plush and pleasant.   There are no cuts and no wool loss.  With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  The pelt measures 24 inches wide by 38 inches long.
$79.00

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ink mark on leather side cream pelt

ink mark transferred from edge onto the leather.  The little dots are pinholes that correspond to the ID number - 3-9-4.

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irregular shaped cream shearling pelt
This irregular cream color shearling pelt is from a 4H market lamb.  There are some issues with this hide which kind of make it the ugly duckling but it's still useful and deserves a purpose. The wool has been trimmed for show and is barely a 1/4 inch long giving the pelt a crushed velvet feel.  There is a faint green ghost of a line down the middle of the hide for several inches - maybe the residue from marker paint of some kind.  There is an area of spotty wool loss at about the 12 o'clock spot. There is one cut on the perimeter (not in the wooled area) at 7 o'clock.  It also has a missing bit at the armpit area making the hide narrow there.  With the wool being so short the pelt offers little cushioning but would make a nice surface over something else where a little insulation is desired.  Or, a crafty person may think this is awesome for lining slippers, mittens or a jacket.  The pelt measures 27 inches wide by 38 inches long.
$59.00

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In the immortal words of Monty Python.......

"....and now for something completely different!" 

Below are some pelts from Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.  Additional info and images here. This breed is in the "hair sheep" family, being real sheep (not goats) but having no wool, only slick hair like a deer or goat.  They are currently recoving in numbers but still listed with the Livestock Conservancy as needing attention.  These animals came into the facility that handles our freezer lambs and the owner did not want the hides.  Rather than see them go in the waste barrels the butcher asked us if we'd be interested in taking them.  They were in good shape and undamaged so we decided to have them tanned as ours are and offer them here.  They are way different from our pelts - these are not cushiony (no wool, remember) but they are very striking in color and have a 3D ridge of hair that stands up along the spine.  They look like an exotic antelope hide of some kind but they are from domestic sheep used for human consumption just like the wool breeds are.  If you are looking for an accent item for your loft, studio, business, etc, this may be just the thing.  We would NOT recommend them for heavy use on the floor, but for decorative purposes. 

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barbados blackbelly pelt

leather side pelt

A somewhat smaller pelt measuring 22 inches wide by 38 inches long excluding tail (tail measures 5 inches).  Short fringe of hair which would hang beneath the throat shows only red and a tiny bit of black underneath.  The ridge of hair is minimal on this pelt and lays somewhat flat.  There is a bit of down showing through the hair that gives it a slight fuzzy gray look.  There are no cuts in the leather.

$79.00

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ridge of hair on pelt

showing 3D ridge of hair

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barbados blackbelly pelt

leather side barbados pelt

A large pelt measuring 24 inches wide by 47 inches long excluding tail (tail measures 3 inches).  This pelt has the biggest ridge of hair being quite wide and extending about half the length of the hide.  Long fringe of hair which would hang beneath the throat shows red, gray and black and black underneath.  There are no cuts in the leather.

$99.00

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ridge of hair on pelt

showing 3D ridge of hair




Suggested Uses


Car Seat
  Sooo warm in the winter, yet cool in the summer (really!). Keeps you from getting 'sweaty back' syndrome.

Office Chair
  Be real comfy while you work; great gift!

Older Persons
  Pure comfort for those who sit a lot.

Wedding Gift
  Really, who uses a blender that much?

Wheel Chair
  Get spoiled with a more comfortable ride!

Sleeping Aid - Bed
  Under the bottom sheet to help ease chronic pain.

Bedside Rug
  Imagine putting your feet on this every morning!

Decorative Accent
  On the back of your couch, middle of your bed, etc.

Pet Bed
  Spoil your favorite four legged friend.


 

Washing Instructions for Sheepskins

(as per the tanner's recommendations)

1. Rinse with cold water to wet the sheepskin.

2. Wash with liquid Ivory soap in warm water on GENTLE cycle for only 3 minutes. Longer washing time felts the wool.

3. Rinse in warm water TWICE with no agitation. Allow to go through the spin cycles.

4. Allow to air dry. Sheepskins can be blocked (pulled on) while drying to keep their shape and softness. Use a hairbrush to fluff the wool after drying if needed, or BRIEFLY tumble in NO HEAT dryer to fluff the wool.

NOTE* While Nistock Farms has had good results with this method, we do not guarantee your results. Use caution laundering sheepskins. Dry cleaning is always a viable option.

 
   

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