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 (not a hole) 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 as 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 29 wide by 44 inches long.
$129.00

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close up of bald patch

pelt closeup showing bald patch which can be

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cotswold pelt butter color

leather side butter color pelt

 

 

This crossbred lamb was mostly Cotswold. The wool has moderate luster and has a definate butter color undertone.   Locks are 6 inches long, free of matts or tangles and are quite straight with no curl and very little wave.  Texture is almost crispy, not limp and lanky as the full Cotswolds usually are.  The pelt has a nice symmetrical shape.  There are 2 well stitched repairs in the pelt, one at each edge just where the shape dives in before flaring out in the middle.  This pelt measures 29.5" wide by 42.5" long.

$169.00

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close up butter color pelt

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Cotswold pelt small corner missing

leather side Cotswold pelt corner missing

 

This very pretty Cotswold lamb pelt is a nice off-white cream color. The locks are almost 8 inches long with nice luster and a moderate silky feel.  The wool hangs in loose waves but with no tight curls.  There are no cuts in the leather but one corner is missing.  This pelt measures 29.5 inches by 44 inches long.

$169.00

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close up Cotswold pelt wool

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Cream color, high luster Cotswold pelt

leather side cream Cotswold pelt

 

This beautiful Cotswold pelt is a nice cream color with high luster and silky texture The wool is almost 8 inches long, nicely wavy overall and free of matts or tangles.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape and there are no cuts in the leather. This pelt measures 27.5wide by 39.5 inches long.

$189.00

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close up of wool on cream Cotswold pelt

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pelt with cut at edge

leather side of pelt with cut

This overall dark brown pelt has slight highlights from the sun.  The wool is matte in appearance, dense and cushiony despite measuring only 2" long.   There is a cut right at the very edge of the pelt (12 o'clock in the top left picture) measuring 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches which is visible.  It could be easily trimmed out with scissors if it's objectionable.  This pelt measures 26.5 " wide by 41" long.

$129.00


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dark brown pelt very slight highlights

leather side dark brown pelt

This dark brown pelt has very slight highlights.  The wool is matte, dense and cushiony measuring about 2 inches long in the middle of the pelt and closer to 3 inches at head and tail.  There are no cuts at all in the leather.  It measures 28.5 X 41 inches. 

$129.00

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wool close up brown pelt

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ivory color Cotswold pelt

leather side ivory color pelt

This lovely Cotswold pelt is ivory color.  It has moderate luster and firm but variable wave character, being more wavy near the head end and less so going toward the hindquarters.  The wool is 7 inches long and completely free of matts or tangles.  There is a small divot in the margin of the leather at the head end but it doesn't alter the shape and the pelt is nicely symmetrical from the wool side.  There is 1 very tiny nick near the edge of the pelt measuing .5 by .25 inches.  This pelt measures 29 inches wide by 43.5 inches long.

$179.00


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Cotswold pelt ivory with butter color undertones

leather side Cotswold pelt

 

This Cotswold pelt is ivory colored with butter undertones.  The wool has moderate luster and silky feel and carries soft waves.  Locks are 6.5 inches long with no matts or tangles. There are six small cuts/nicks around the perimeter of the pelt, the largest being 1.5 by 2.5 inches (4 o' clock on the photo at lower left) and the smallest measuring .5 by .25 inches.  None can be seen or felt from the wool side.  They pelt is nicely symmetrical and measures 27" wide by 41" long. 
$149.00

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close up of wool on Cotswold pelt

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butter color cotswold pelt

leather side butter color pelt

This butter colored Cotswold pelt has moderate luster and 7 inch locks with very little wave   There are no matts or tangles.  There is one small hole in the leather (1 inch by 1 inch) at about the 4 o'clock position in the lower left photo.   They pelt is fairly symmetrical and measures 29.5" wide by 40" long. 
$159.00
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partial Cotswold pelt

leather side partial pelt

This partial Cotswold pelt is bright white with high luster silky wool falling in lovely distinct waves.  Wool is 8 inches long and free of matts or tangles.  Damage occured during processing and I was Not Happy but couldn't change the fact.  Although there are no cuts in the leather it's really missing about a quarter of the hide.  The pelt measures 25 inches wide by 35 inches at the longest dimension.  Really pretty and would be beautiful in a small space or maybe used by a clever crafter for large Santa figures. 
$139.00

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High luster silky white Cotswold pelt

leather side white silky Cotswold pelt

This lovely Cotswold pelt is bright white with high luster silky wool falling in soft uniform waves.  Wool is 7 inches long and free of matts or tangles.  The pelt is quite symmetrical and has no cuts in the leather.  This pelt measures 27.5 inches wide by 42 inches long.  They don't come much prettier.
$189.00
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close up of wool on Cotswold pelt

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extra large Cotswold sheepskin

leather side extra large sheepskin

This massive Cotswold pelt is from an adult ewe who had an udder problem and a chronically bad attitude.  We like all our sheep - some of them are very dear! - but sometimes they just don't like us back.  Given her temper we decided to let her stock our freezer instead of cause problems in the flock.  The wool is bright white with good luster on 5 inch locks with distinct curl overall. The leather is substantially thicker than a lamb pelt (read: rugged) and has no cuts.  There is a divot in the shape at the hind quarters (8 o'clock in photo at lower left) but it does not affect the nice shape of the pelt.  There is one hint of black color (natural - a black spot on the animal) on the very edge of the pelt (2 o'clock on the photo at lower left) but you really don't see it from the wool side.   This pelt measures a very large 36 inches wide by 46.5 inches long. 
$325.00
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wool close up extra large cotswold 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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whitish tan color medium wool pelt

leather side whitish tan pelt

As we didn't raise this animal we can't say for sure what breed it's from but the wool seems to be on the fine end of medium.  The wool is not white but a tan/butter/toast color, either from weathering or a peculiarity of the individual.  The wool is matte with no shine, about 2.5 inches long and very dense and cushiony.  There are no cuts in the leather and it measures a large 30.5 inches by 48 inches. 
$149.00
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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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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.

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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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