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Gathering wool
Posted: 03/06/2014

The Crafty Crofters at Lochcarron PS are off to stock up on wool the traditional way.

Lochcarron PS arriving on their school croft to meet the sheep

Class teacher and crofter Kim Maclennan took her Crofting Connections pupils to her croft to collect some wool shed by one of her blackface ewes. 

Meeting the Blackies Gathering the shed wool

The children are already familiar with Kim’s soay sheep which they get the opportunity to roo each year but this time they also met some zwartble sheep on the neighbouring croft.  A pupil from Plockton HS crofting course came along to talk to the children about how to put the sheep on their bottoms to check the condition of their feet,teeth and coats.

meeting the zwartbles getting hold of the ewe

examining the ewe

Back at the primary school the children washed and carded the wool for felting and will be trying their hand at dyeing it with onion skins.