Our mission is to surpass customer's expectations in the provision of our wool products & services, and inspire woolcrafters with our heirloom fleece products.
Rampart Farm & Wool Mill is a small, family owned, mixed farm & wool processing plant in Branchton, ON. Located just south of Hwy 8 between Cambridge & Hamilton, the processing plant is a great source for quality wool products in the area. The place is also home to a number of Jersey cows, Saanen goats, laying hens, Icelandic, Shetland, Bluefaced Leicester, Finn, Gotland & Romney sheep. Our commitment is to grow crops & raise livestock naturally.
HistoryLidija worked as an Operating Room nurse for more than 25 years. Her passion for nature & love of animals inspired her to purchase Rampart Farm in 1996. The farm consisted of a garden & a few chickens. To make it more self-sufficient, Lidija added livestock. She now grows her own vegetables & hay. She produces milk & dairy products that contain no preservatives or chemicals. In the wool mill, Lidija produces her own fleeces into rovings & batts, while providing custom processing for customers. Over the years, Lidija joined the local Spinners & Weavers Guild & learned to spin her own yarn. Through courses & research, she developed an art for cheese-making, organic farming & wool processing.
Rampart Farm values the quality & diversity of fleece coming from heirloom breeds of sheep. Currently our flock consists of Bluefaced Leicester, Icelandic, Shetland, Gotland, Romney & Finn sheep.
A long wool breed sheep the Bluefaced Leicester has curly, threadlike wool which is considerably lighter than the wool of other sheep. This makes it increasingly popular for hand spinning.
A medium, cold hardy breed, the Icelandic sheep has dual coated fleece. The fine, inner 'Thel' is used for garments that touch the skin, while the medium outer 'Tog' is used for wearing & other products that require more durability. Tog & Thel are processed together to produce 'Lopi', a distinctive knitting wool that only comes from Icelandic Sheep fleece.
One of the smallest British sheep & slow growing compared to commercial breeds, the Shetland had become endangered by the 1970s. This primitive breed has since become recognized for its very fine, soft wool & hardy nature.
Gotland sheep are fine boned & of medium size. The fleece is fine, long, lustrous & dense. They have a clearly defined even curl & a staple that is soft to the touch. Its fleece is prized by hand spinners.
A long, strong-wooled breed, the Romney produces a heavy fleece. This fleece is ideal for hand spinning & the best for beginners.
A very prolific breed, the Finn sheep has wool with a soft handle, a moderate crimp & a high lustre. Its wool is classified as the finest end of the medium wool category.
Rampart Wool Mill is open to sheep owners who need to process their flock's wool and to hand spinners who want to process single fleeces.Each Service is discussed to ensure a high quality end product. The fleece is weighed & tagged & the cost of the washing service is applied to this weight. Once the wool is washed & dried, it is re-weighed to determine the cost of further processing. Orders are processed with a minimum waiting time. To reduce costs, it is recommended that fleeces be skirted & vegetation/debris is removed prior to bringing it to the mill. Wool Washing: $5.00/pound * if additional washing required, $2.50/pound Carding: $10.00/pound * if double carding is required (due to excessive vegetation) $5.00/pound Blending: $2.00/pound * if blending materials are not supplied by customer, price will vary
HANDMADE WOOL YARN
Rampart Farm & Wool Mill offers wool rovings & handspun yarn for knitted sweaters & other handmade creations.Our sheep wool is available in natural colors. You will not find this wool sold anywhere else. The wools come from Rampart Farms own flock of sheep & include unique breeds such as Shetland, Icelandic, Sinn, Gotland, Romney & Bluefaced Leicester. Cost of Skein: $18.00 - $25.00/100 grams