Roving Sampler – Reds – 4 Ounces

Roving Sampler 4 Oz Reds

Description: Hand dyed before carding.
50% Mohair, 50% Shetland Wool
Color: 1 oz each of Fuchsia, Mahogany, Mulberry, Reddish Brown
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto and Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Snow White
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 4 oz total – 1 ounce of each color
Price: $10 plus shipping.
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Roving Sampler – Greens – 4 Ounces

Roving Sampler 4Oz Greens

Description: Hand dyed before carding.
50% Mohair, 50% Shetland Wool
Color: 1 oz each of Country Green, Dusky Country Green, Key Lime, and Olive
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto and Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby’s Sister
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 4 oz total – 1 ounce of each color
Price: $10 plus shipping.
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Roving Sampler – Blue Brown Purple Yellow – 4 Ounces

Roving Sampler 4Oz Blue Yellow Brown

Description: Hand dyed before carding.
50% Mohair, 50% Shetland Wool
Color: 1 oz each of Sun Yellow, Toffee, Periwinkle, Turquiose
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto and Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 4 oz total  – 1 ounce of each color
Price: $10 plus shipping.
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Chair Seats – Cats Who’ve Owned Me Series – 3

This chair seat is called “Rori Shows Her Belly” and shows Rori on a rug in a typical “scratch my belly” pose.  The design is based on one of my photos of her.

I used my homespun and millspun hand dyed yarns, all of which are wool/ mohair blends (details).  The backing is 100% cotton 13×13 epi Monk’s Cloth.

The rug Rori is laying on is made of 4 different green millspun yarns.

Back of Chair Seat

Rori and Sandy

Front of Chair Seat
Before Finishing

 Learnings

Details came out better with the more enlarged size of the cat.  Also, contrast is key to making small details visible.  The 13×13 epi Monk’s cloth worked much better than the looser version designed for embroidery.

Yarns Used

Info on the yarns used is given below.  The picture links to the full description and creation details for the yarn where available.

Rug: Pearl Green kettle hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
Forest Dreams hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like a forest at a distance for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Aquatics hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like pond water for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Green with Envy hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
 Rori:   Since natural black isn’t readily available in mohair (black mohair is  dark grey at best) I bought a skein of  Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride Worsted Onyx from Alpaca Direct as they had the best price when I was shopping.  It is a USA made 15% mohair/ 85% wool single ply yarn.
Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I also used mill spun natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for Rori’s tummy patches. Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Coreopsis Yarn Eyes: Coreopsis hand dyed (after spinning) millspun. This yarn is shades of yellow with sections of yellow and white designed to stripe. I used a small amount from a section of yellows.
Yarn Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leciester Wool - By the Pound A small amount of  Natural Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester Wool was used to create depth around the chin line and between the toes.
  Edging: Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun
 Lettering:  Ooops!  Forgot it on this one so  embroidered on the back.

 

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Fleeces – Romney

Romney 2014 Yearling Ram Fleece

Romney 2014 Yearling Ram Fleece

Description: This is a yearling ram fleece with nice lock structure and 4 inches in length. This is a washed fleece, with very little VM.  It is not super soft but has a nice medium crimp and is springy.
Color: Medium Brown
Sheep:
Breed: Romney
Weight (pounds):  3.9
Price: $1/ounce or $15/pound for full fleece plus shipping. $12/pound raw fleece is equivalent to $17/pound washed due to average 30% washing loss.
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Fleece Locks

Fleeces with lock structure are available for use as doll’s hair, Santa’s Beards or art yarn/ tail spinning. Lock length is ~4 inches.

Hand washed adult/young adult mohair: $4/ounce  for doll’s hair/Santa Beards

Machine washed adult/young adult mohair (some loss of lock structure): $2/ounce  for spinning, natural white and grey as well as dyed colors

Hand washed (Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale, Cotswold) wool: $2/ounce for spinning or doll’s hair/Santa’s Beards – natural colors only: white, greys, browns

It is very difficult to keep locks intact through the washing process particularly if the raw fleece contains any VM.  My standard washing process includes prewashing to remove the dirt and some of the grease (lanolin in wool), followed by hand picking to remove most of the VM, followed by a final wash to remove all (or nearly all) of the remaining grease.  Washing is done in a washing machine for soaking and spinning (ie- no agitation).  This gives an extremely clean fleece that can be spun directly from the fleece.  The less VM in the original fleece, the less damage there is to the lock structure.  Most fleeces are not clean enough to produce clean intact locks.  Only fleeces with low VM and good lock structure are hand washed to retain as much lock structure as possible.  That’s why locks are so expensive and why they are not always available.   I will sell raw locks if you want to wash them yourself at a substantial discount.

Contact me based on your project needs (amount, type, your location) for availability and a quote.

Available:

11 oz. white mohair hand washed, very good lock structure, minimal VM

1.6 pounds Blue Faced Leicester machine washed, excellent lock structure, minimal VM

Mohair Fleeces

Mohair Fleeces

Bella BFL Fleece

Bella BFL Fleece

Roving – Dark Brown Shetland Llama – Natural

Roving Dark Brown 72% Shetland 28% Llama

Dark Brown 72% Shetland 28% Llama

 

Description: Natural colored 72% Shetland Wool 28% Llama
Color: Dark Browns
Fiber Content: 72% Wool: Shetland, Autumn Breeze Acres (PA)
28% Llama: Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Eclipse
Type (Processor): Roving (Gurdy Run, PA)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Batts – Royal Blue – Hand Carded

Batt Royal Blue

Royal Blue Batt

Description: Hand dyed and then carded at Dancing Waters Farm.
50% adult mohair, 50% Shetland wool.
Color: Royal Blue
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Fred
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Snow White
Type (Processor): Batts (Dancing Waters Farm, NJ)
Quantity (Pounds): 10 (1.5 – 2 ounces each)
Price: $3/ounce, $18/8 ounces, $32/pound plus shipping
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Top – Tan – Natural

Top White 31% wool 69% mohair

Tan Top 31% wool 69% mohair

Description: Combed semi-worsted fibers. This is the best fiber as it is all the same length and extremely clean, no VM.
69% mohair (55% kid, 30% yearling, 16% adult doe),
31% wool (33% Shetland, 67% Cheviot)
Color: Light Tan or Cream
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Red, Rose, Sienna
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI); Cheviot, Shepherd’s Croft (PA)
Type (Processor): Semi-worsted Top (Zeilinger’s, MI)
Quantity (Pounds): 20
Price: $3.50/ounce, $21/8 ounces, $37/pound plus shipping
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