Fiber

Our fleeces are harvested annually via shearing and all fleeces are processed on the farm so we know what goes into the scouring of the fleece to the contents of the dye bath. Care is taken to ensure fibers are handled gently to ensure every skein is of the highest quality.

 

Scouring Fleeces

Once a sheep is shorn the fleece is taken to be scoured. This is an important step as it removes a lot of the lanolin and dirt that clings to the fibers with the lanolin. Depending on the need, some fleeces will get two scouring then a rinse.

 

   

Drying Fleeces

After the final rinse, the fleece is laid on a screen so the air circulates around it. The fleeces are turned so all the fibers get dried thoroughly. Depending on heat, wind and humidity and the density of the fibers, drying time can take a full day to a couple days to completely dry. If you store damp fibers, they could develop mildew and the fleece will be ruined.

 

   

Separating Fibers

When the fibers are completely dried, they are sent through a picker to separate the fibers and remove a lot of the vegetable material that may have gotten in there like hay or twigs. The outcome is light airy fluffy fibers.

   

Carding Fibers

Small amounts of picked fibers are sent through the carder. Carding makes all the fibers go in the same direction and removes even more debris that may still be in the fibers. The fibers may need to be carded several times to get them just right.

 

   

Roving

Carded fibers are called roving. Still more debris and double cuts are handpicked to make the roving as clean as possible.

   

Spinning into Yarn

Roving is then hand spun into two bobbins of thread which are later plied together to make a skein of yarn.

   

Dying the Yarn

The hand spun yarns are then dyed into a variety of beautiful colors or left in their natural state.

   

 

 
 
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