I went back to 1867 yesterday, just in time for sheep-shearing.* ...The sheep were docile and cooperative as the clippers gradually removed their thick woolen burden.
At the other end of the village, a woman worked at washing the fleece (a job more likely done by men in 1867).
Before carding, the washed wool was placed outdoors to dry.
Clean, dry, and gently twisted into coarse strands of about 2" diameter, the first shearing harvest was already being spun into woolen thread. It will be woven into cloth for clothing and blankets for the winter.
Here's looking at ewe!
* Upper Canada Village is a living history park in eastern Ontario, created from collected buildings and artifacts that would have been flooded when the St. Lawrence Seaway was built.