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TAS Country : January 13th 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News gain a growing flock of fans LUSTRE: An example of hand-spun and dyed English Leicester wool. It was fantastic. I cried when I saw them because it's something I've been dreaming about for so long.' English Leicester sheep may be a rare breed but enthusiasts of their unique wool flocked to northern Tasmania for the inaugural sheep and wool round- up. Report by Karolin MacGregor. CRAFT: Felting expert Grietje van Randen shows what can be done with English Leicester wool and some imagination, MORE than 150 people visited the inaugural sheep and wool event at the Heazlewood family's property, Melton Vale near Whitemore. The family have a long history of breeding English Leicesters that started in 1854 and spans generations and today have the world's biggest flock. Last week's event was timed to coincide with a visit by Lisa Westervelt, an English Leicester breeder from the United States. Ms Westervelt first discovered English Leicester while working at a historical museum and was keen to acquire some of her own. After five years on a waiting list, Ms Westervelt was eventually able to get two ewes and a ram which formed the basis of her stud. Now she has 10 ewes and four rams at her home in Massachusetts. There she uses the sheep to breed lambs which are sold to other English Leicester enthusiasts. Ms Westervelt also value-adds the wool from her sheep and makes it into products that can be used by people involved with crafts. Ms Westervelt's sheep are actually descended from a shipment of English Leicesters that the Heazlewood family sent to the US about 20 years ago, to establish a heritage breeds program at Colonial Williamsburg. It is the first time Ms Westervelt has visited Tasmania and she said seeing a large flock of English Leicesters at the Heazlewoods' property was a dream come true. ''It was fantastic. I cried when I saw them because it's something I've been dreaming about for so long,'' she said. At home, because of the cold climate, Ms Westervelt's sheep are kept in a barn during the colder months and lamb in the shed in February. Ms Westervelt said there was steady demand for the Leicester Longwools, as they are called in the the US, and selling the lambs was not a problem. At last week's event people from across the state gathered at the Heazlewood's property to demonstrate just what can be done with the unique English Leicester wool. Long and curly, the wool has a fantastic lustre that makes it ideal for craft work and felting. Grietje van Randen is based in the state's south and sells her unique felted garments and art works through a gallery at Richmond. She said English Leicester wool was wonderful to work with and could be used to create different affects in her pieces. ''I use merino wool for most of my felting and it's lovely and soft, but it's quite flat and doesn't have much shine,'' she said. ''The English Leicester wool is great for adding texture because it's got that wonderful curl and sheen to it.'' Anne Heazlewood said her original idea behind the event was to enable interested people to find out more about crafts that can be made with wool and to make better use of the wool they produce from their own sheep. ''A lot of the people that use the wool have never actually seen the sheep that it comes off so it's been a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone,'' she said. ''It's such a wonderful chance for interaction between the farmers and the people who are actually using the wool.'' Mrs Heazlewood said she was not sure if the round-up would become an annual event, but she was thrilled it had gone so well. ''It's certainly been all positive, so I hope we'll be able to have another one. I just don't know when it will be,'' she said. 2056928-110114
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