Beatrice Waanders from The Soft World travels all around the country to find her wool. For the wool from the Dutch Drenthe heath sheep she gets directly from the shepherd of the sheep flock. All the other wool she gets not from salesman but from hobby farmers in The Netherlands who treat their animals like pets. Therefore the wool from The Soft World is completely animal friendly.
Old European sheep breeds
The Soft World uses the wool of old forgotten European sheep breeds like for example the English Wensleydale Longwool, Blue Faced Leicester and Lincoln, Dutch Drents Heathsheep and Zwartbles, German Steinschaf en Moorschnucke, Swiss Walliser Schwarznase, Hungarian Racka and Swedish Gotland Pels.
The Soft World uses more than 40 different types of wool. There are more than 1000 different sheep breeds worldwide. These breeds survive thanks to hobbyist sheep owners. The breeds and their wool have a great variety in structure and all natural color graduations of white, grey and browns.
Mohair, angora, cashmere, alpaca, camel, silk…
The Soft World combines this sheep wool with the wool of other animals like rabbit (angora), goats (mohair and cashmere), alpaca, camels and silk. The Soft World is unique in felting these traditional luxurious materials in her own innovative technique.
The concept of felting the raw and un-dyed wool of many special sheep breeds in combination with the hair of other animals is unique worldwide.