This process to shear a sheep would have taken a farmer about 20-40 minutes per sheep. The variation in time depends on how the sheep is doing, the sharpness of the shears, and the quality of the wool.
Pre-made fabric in the 1800s was expensive and sometimes not readily available. So, creating textiles was a necessity for many early settlers. Every step of the way – from shearing sheep to weaving fabric – was a labor-intensive process.
Here are the steps: