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Homegrown CVM Romeldale fleeces, yarn, roving and felt!


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Leah Saltzman

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Leah Saltzman


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About Shepherdesswool

Sales 232
On Etsy since 2011

It happened by accident....

Who we are: My husband and I love raising and working with animals, and wish to pass on to our young son the proud heritage that comes with farming, caring for livestock and the land that feeds them. We keep around 50 happy CVM/Romeldale ewes as a way to feed our family and teach our son a way of life knowing where food and fiber comes from. CVM's(California Variegated Mutant) are considered a fine wool breed of sheep which
are considered critically endangered by The American Livestock Conservancy.

What we do: We sell skirted CVM/Romeldale fleeces for handspinning, as well as roving, yarn and felt. Fiber products are highly seasonal! We also sell purebred lambs upon request, starting in October when are lambs are weaned.

How it began: It happened by accident.... The sheep started out as a way for us to train our working stock dogs.....and then things just got out of control! When you have one sheep you might as well have a few, right? I wanted to try something different from the more common sheep meat breeds, and by chance found a handful of older CVM girls someone was selling in 2009. We expanded our numbers by tracking down more CVM/Romeldales, and now we have a small flock of around 30 registered CVM/Romeldale sheep. They are such fun, rewarding creatures. It is fun to see the lambs born every year, and what combinations of colors the fleeces will behold. I have been selling on Etsy since 2011, and it has been such a fun way to interact and learn from other sellers and customers. I feel strongly that there is a place for every type of fiber out there!

I will always send fiber samples upon request free of charge to expand familiarity of the CVM/Romeldale fiber.

Thank you for supporting small farmers, fiber arts as well as rare and endangered livestock breeds!
- John, Leah and John Douglas JR

Shop members

  • Leah and John Saltzman


    John and Leah both have a love for livestock production and raise sheep, cattle, dogs, horses and whatever else comes along. Please visit us and find out about our story at

Production partners

  • Creekside fiber mill

    Lebanon, OR

    Creekside Fiber Mill makes yarn, roving, batts and felt from animal's fleece. They can spin yarn, provide roving for handspinners, batts for quilters and felt for crafters.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Thank you for your interest and support in wool fiber and the sheep industry! I love sheep, and I am forever learning from other livestock owners and fiber artists- each area of sheep and wool production is it's own art: animal husbandry, shearing, wool spinning, dying....... Any feedback or communications are always welcome.

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