Lovely Finds: McTavish Farm

McTavish Farm Shetlands

For more than a year now I have been

enamored with all things sheep.

I ordered fleece and supplies online,

watched youTube tutorials,

and began needle and wet felting

for relaxation and fun

(beads, crosses, and a cape for Bella!).

Just recently

I connected with

Tracy of

McTavish Farm Shetlands.

Tracy is my favorite shepherd.

A spinner and fiber artist,

she and her husband

have a small farm in Oregon

dedicated to raising quality

shetland sheep with

quirky personalities.

Shetlands are bitty.

Adults weigh 90-120 pounds.

Blackberries are one of their favorite delicacies.


McTavish has a new online shop

offering fleece in wonderfully natural colors.

Am I the only one who finds it beYond the COOLEST

to actually know the name of the sheep

from which my fleece came?????

I have fleece from Rory:

50% Gotland, 25% Finn, 25% Shetland.

all photos – McTavish Arm Shetlands

I will probably create some embellishments

for my collages and am so grateful

places like McTavish Farm exist

to supply quality fiber.

I’m not a fiber artist for heaven’s sake!

I’m a suburban creative DIYer who

saw an expensive felted wool necklace in a

Garnet Hill catlogue and said


Tracy and her husband focus on breeding

for nice fiber and also sell lambs as fiber pets.

Not to be confused with CYBER pets…

This is the prize winning ram,

Jasper with his hottie Strudel

in the background.

I am unhappy that

my husband is not yet on board

about adopting a lamb. 

Isn’t the farm breathtaking?

The be-dazzling,




Tracy says the best thing about shetlands

is their loving personalities, and even though I can’t

welcome a shetland into my home,

I CAN incorporate a little of their

magic into my arts and crafts.

And so can you.

Talk to me, gorgeous friends…

ye who are (hopefully) grazing on

lovely images of blackberry-loving

sheepy chic sheep…

have you fallen for

wooly wonderfulness yet????

To learn more about the McTavish Farm,

visit the blog here.

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. September 26, 2011 / 3:24 am

    Uhhh, there is a painting in there… third photo, do you think they'd care if i painted that sweet face?
    It is beyond cool to have wool from a sheep you know by name… awesome!

    And oh Jasper, i just want to kiss your sweet face…


  2. September 26, 2011 / 11:53 am

    oh i want one! and goats and chickens……….we live in area where we can have such lovilies but i have a husband who is not cooperating!

  3. September 26, 2011 / 3:12 pm

    i bet they would be beyond flattered for you to paint that beauty!

    i can just imagine how good for the soul it would be to care for these beautiful creatures.

  4. September 26, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    No need to twist my arm! I am all over this – and extra so when I see a little bit of Gotland sheep as part of those gorgeous creatures' DNA!

    Gotta support creative and quality minded entrepreneurs.

    I can't knit or felt to save my life. But perhaps I can buy something you make! (:

    Love, Mon

    P.S I saw that you called Meera, Meerkat somewhere. I thought it was so cute! Now I am calling her that too – and blaming it all on you! (:

  5. September 26, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    These are the sweetest little faces!! How cool that you know where your woolies are coming from and I can't think of a better place or a better sheep!!

  6. September 26, 2011 / 9:14 pm

    The picture of the farm made
    me yearn for my parent's home
    in Washington State; the view is
    so similar. I think these might be
    the sweetest faces, ever and I
    laughed out loud about Jasper
    and his hottie! Thanks for the
    lovely escape to this great farm.
    xx Suzanne

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