The Fiber Studio

August 26th, 2015|Comments Off on The Fiber Studio

Completed in June, 2013, my new fiber studio really is a dream come true in every way imaginable!  It required a lot of thought and a lot of planning but it has become a much needed [...]

Picking and Blending During Fiber Processing

August 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Picking and Blending During Fiber Processing

I had an awesome adventure in the fiber studio today! Although I have been commercially processing various fleece types and fibers for a very long time, I am always watching and listening for new ways [...]

After the Fleeces are Washed

August 20th, 2015|Comments Off on After the Fleeces are Washed

I wash a lot of fleece here in the fiber studio. With a large herd of alpacas, the annual clip ranges from 800 to 1,000 pounds of fleece each year. In order to process that [...]

Fleece & Fiber: Picking and Blending

August 18th, 2015|Comments Off on Fleece & Fiber: Picking and Blending

it Starts with the Fleece! This is what 12 pounds of 100% alpaca in medium brown looks like when the picking room is filled to overflowing! Like me, many of my friends process fiber [...]

Learning to Identify Guard Hair

February 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Learning to Identify Guard Hair

Are you able to accurately identify guard hair in a raw fleece?  Why is identification important? Guard hair is a tremendous negative for hand-spun yarn. Learn to identify it so it can be removed. [...]

Wow! Rug Yarn!

November 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on Wow! Rug Yarn!

Hand-spinning my own yarn is a passion. But I also have a large configuration of fiber-processing equipment for the "instant gratification" side of me. I recently purchased a rug yarn attachment for the large carder [...]