Our Process

Our steps: Receiving - Washing - Drying - Picking - Blending - Packaging

Receiving your fiber

Incoming fleeces are weighed, bagged, and evaluated for processing quality. Your name is written on the bag and an identification tag is added.  An estimate is completed and e-mailed to you as soon as your fiber is checked in. This bag stays with your fleece during the entire process, assuring that you get your own fibers returned to you.

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Washing

WashingMost fibers, with the exception of angora bunny, must be washed before processing. We prefer to wash all incoming fiber. We use perfume free, bio-degradable detergent, grease remover and 150+ degree soft water to wash your fibers. We wash fleeces until they are squeaky clean. Fibers are carefully handled to avoid felting. Our machines are tubs without agitators. Basic pricing includes up to two washes and three rinses. Extra charges apply to fibers that require extra washing.

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Drying

Dry RacksAfter washing, fleeces are placed on drying racks and air dried. After drying, the fleeces are put back into your bag and sent to the picking room.

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Picking

PickingMost fibers require picking for satisfactory blending, especially if you are mixing fibers from more than one animal. If your fiber is over 8 inches (6 inches for yarn), please consult with us before sending them. Longer fleeces may incur some fiber breakage. Basic pricing includes a single pass through the picker. Where additional picking is requested or required for blending an extra charge applies.

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Blending

We offer several blending techniques, so please talk to us about the “look” you are trying to achieve so we can determine the best mixture to achieve that look.

Carding

We use a McDermott, metalic clothed carding machine.It has many variable adjustments so we can adjust the machine to do a quality job of carding on each lot of fiber that we process. Some fibers can and like to go fast, others prefer to go slow. Your fiber and end its product determines how we will process it.

Pin Drafting

This operation aligns the fiber in a parallel form for better and easier drafting. The yarn spun from this type of prepared roving is more of a worsted spun, in that the fibers will lay along side each other, rather that cris-crossed every which way as in woolen spun yarn. Our current pin drafter allows us to create "pencil" sized roving for your spinning pleasure. 

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Packaging and Shipping

We vacuum pack your fibers into the smallest box possible to save on shipping costs. When you receive your fibers open the box, take out the plastic bags and open them to let them full. We use USPS as our shipping agent, using parcel select. Other arrangements can be made, let us know ahead of time, please.

 

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

We will be at the following upcoming events. WE WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING FIBER FOR PROCESSING. WE WILL HAVE OUR RETAIL FIBERS AND YARNS AT THE LISTED SHOWS. 

DFW Fiber Festival, March, Irving Convention Center, Irving, TX

Middle TN Fiber Festival, May 23 - 24, Dickson, TN, Fairgrounds, Memorial Day Weekend

Black Prarie Fiber and Artists Festival, Denison, TX Loy Lake Park Agricutural Center, Sept. 21 - 22.

SAFF, Fletcher, NC Oct. 

The Boro, Murfreesboro, TN Nov 2. Agricultural Center

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