- All fiber must be clean of
all lanoline before processing. The
machine will remove a limited amount of
vegetable matter but all burrs, sticks, manure
tags and other gross contamination must be
picked out first.
- We are limited in our ability
to wash wool for customers. We would
prefer that wool sent us be washed first.
Instructions for washing your wool at home can
be found at Washing
- Running dirty fiber through the mill gums up the machinery badly so we must be strict on this. Please remove as much foreign material as possible including manure, burrs, straw, bits of
twine and weed seed. Small bits of chaff
& dust are not a problem as that will fall
out naturally during processing.
- We reserve the right to refuse to process any fiber sent us to that has not been satisfactorily cleaned.
- Generally fiber from sheep, goats, alpaca, llama, camels and other large animals that have a large amount of natural grease will require washing. Dog hair, Angora rabbit and other fluffy, clean fiber need
not be washed although it still must be cleaned of foreign material.
- Expect a loss of 10-25% in total weight after processing. This is mostly due to chaff, second cuts, mats, etc. The cleaner the fiber sent to us, the less the loss.
- Wool has to have a staple length of at least 1.5" and no longer than 6".
- Minimum millruns are 2 lb./batch for straight run and 3 lb./batch for blends. Short runs will be charged at the minimum weight price.
- There are several variables
that add up to the total cost of processing your
fiber including any extra scouring, skirting and
de-burring we may have to do. We
charge actual shipping only, no handling fee.
If you call or e-mail us before sending your
wool we can usually give you a fairly good
estimate of the total cost of your order.
We will also call or e-mail you if we run into
any unexpected expenses.
- A deposit of estimated
charges is required before processing begins.
- Phone estimates are estimates
only and are not binding contracts. We
will do our best to give you a good faith
estimate but that of course is based on your
accurate description of the wool condition.
If your wool arrives dirty when you described it
as clean, any estimate is null and void.
for Washing Wool
click above link
Washing wool: $15/load, (5 lbs)
Processing 100% Wool
& Wool Blends
Picking & carding into rovings or
$7.50 / pound
Blending additional $1 / pound
Felting into 3' x 4' sheets
$20 / sheet
Wool/exotic blends & Ultra-fine fibers
Ideally all exotic fibers should be blended with wool. Wool gives these fibers more elasticity and your finished product will not be as likely to stretch out of shape. Wool is
also stronger than most other fibers, giving items a longer life. Lastly, wool allows the finished yarn to work smoothly, without clumping up like pure exotic fibers will.
- We can blend your fiber in any proportion you desire, however we do not recommend a greater than
70% exotic/ 30% wool blend.
- Blends do not always hold together well in roving. You may wish to have it processed into batts and spin from that.
- Processing Angora rabbit represents a
particular challenge, requiring specialized attention and
running the machinery very slowly. Hence we must
charge a premium price to compensate us for our time and
materials. Any blend containing more than 10% Angora
will be charged at the Angora rate and we will not accept
anything containing more than 50% Angora by weight.
We regret the inconvenience to our valued customers but at
the same time it is just not economical for us for us to
continue processing Angora.
Picking & carding exotic & wool blends
into rovings or batts
$8.50 / pound
Exotic fibers on hand in our mill for
purchase & blending with your wool
Alpaca (various colors): $ 2/oz
Dyed sheep's wool: $1.50/oz
Afghani Camel Down: $8/oz
Tussah Silk: $5/oz
Silk Noil: $3/oz
Picking, carding & felting
and exotic blends into
3' x 4' sheets
$25.00 / sheet
Fiber Processing Ordering Info
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Phone: (269) 366-7952