Sheepskins

We have one Barbados Blackbelly pelt remaining.  If you need an accent piece for your man cave or home this might be the pelt for you since it looks so exotic.   (Scroll almost all the way down).  The small group of pelts we were expecting has returned - get one quick, they won't be here long.  After this there will a group of 10 returning in mid summer but after that there will not be a regular replacement of pelts as we are planning to phase out the freezer lamb trade which will also eliminate our sheepskins.

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, and bones and trim from the carcasses is used by people who raw feed their dogs so very little 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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Cotswold pelt, coarse at britch

 

 

This Cotswold pelt has butter color tips with high luster and silky textureThe wool is about 4 inches long with decent curls although they are rather loose and soft.  There are patches of straighter britch wool at the hind quarters.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape and there are no cuts in the leather. This pelt measures 25 wide by 45 inches long.

$149.00

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close up cotswold pelt

closeup of wool texture

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Cotswold pelt, nice curls

 

This Cotswold pelt has nice curls overall and the same butter color tips with high luster and silky texture.  The wool is about 4 inches long.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape and there are no cuts in the leather. This pelt measures 27 wide by 43 inches long.

$149.00

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cotswold pelt, big curls

This Cotswold pelt is cream color with big heavy curls.   The wool is about 4 inches long with moderate luster.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape and there are no cuts in the leather. This pelt measures 27.5 wide by 42 inches long.

$149.00


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cotswold pelt close up

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cotswold pelt, no curl

This Cotswold pelt has no curl, just waves.   The wool is about 4 inches long with high luster and a silky feel.  The butter color tips are pronounced.  The pelt is symmetrical in shape and there are no cuts in the leather. This pelt measures 26 wide by 43 inches long.

$149.00


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cotswold pelt close up

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cotswold pelt, uneven curls

leather side showing cut

 

This Cotswold pelt is cream color with rather uneven curls.   The wool is about 4 inches long with good luster and a silky feel.  There is a triangular cut at the britch area (10 o' clock on lower left photo) but it can't be seen from the wool side.  There is also a small area of wool loss at the upper right corner which is hidden when the wool around it lays flat.  It's pictured in the lower photo below, and measures about 2 inches square.  The pelt is slightly asymmetrical in shape but still measures 28 wide by 41.5 inches long.
$139.00

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cotswold pelt close up

pelt closeup

showing minor wool loss area

minor area of wool loss

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cotswold pelt, big and heavy

 

This Cotswold pelt is big and heavy with big, heavy curls.   The wool is about 5 inches long with high luster and a silky feel.  There is some butter coloration to the tips of the locks.   The pelt is symmetrical in shape with no cuts in the leather and measures 27 wide by 41 inches long.
$159.00
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cotswold pelt, uneven curl

 

This Cotswold pelt has uneven curl character and locks that aren't well defined but it is fairly cushiony.   The wool is about 4 inches long with some luster.  There is some butter coloration to the tips of the locks.   The pelt is somewhat asymmetrical in shape with no cuts in the leather but a divot at the shoulder that makes it a little crooked.  It measures 26 wide by 42 inches long.
$139.00

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pelt close up

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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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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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