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Combing Top from Teeswater

Combing Top

Combing Top from Teeswater

To prepare long wool for spinning, the best way to do it if the locks are over 3 inches long or if you prefer to spin it in a worsted style is to comb it.

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Scouring Wool

Scouring Wool Unicorn Power Scour

Scouring Wool

With all the new fleeces I have I am scouring many of them so I can offer clean wool for people who prefer to skip the cleaning and get right into spinning.  

I have always enjoyed scouring wool.  There is something about taking a raw, dirty fleece and revealing bright, clean, soft fiber.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

My favorite way to scour is...

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Shetland Sheep and Alpaca

SE2SE Shetland

Shetland Sheep and Alpaca

A trip to see Shetland Sheep and Alpaca

The first thing we did was walk in the pasture to see the animals.  They were shorn Monday so they all...

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Spinning Woolen Yarn

Camaj School of Fiber Arts Spinning Woolen

Spinning Woolen Yarn

Woolen or Worsted?  How do you create them when you spin? That is the subject of this month and next month at the Camaj-School-of-Fiber-Arts online course:   SPINNING AND FIBER EXTRAVAGANZA YEAR-LONG WORKSHOP I have been spinning for many years and taught myself through videos and books but nothing has improved my spinning as much as this online course offered by Mary Egbert. Mary has a great way of explaining and showing how to spin.  She makes it easy to learn and, if you have any questions, she is always an email away.  Mary has unlocked the secret to spinning smooth...

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Visiting another sheep farm.

Dorset Horn Jacob Leicester Longwool

Visiting another sheep farm.

Dorset Horn & Leicester Longwool I'm visiting another sheep farm today! In my search for Shave 'em to Save 'em rare breed sheep fleece I have found several small farms within driving distance of my home. Today I am traveling to New Jersey to meet Jo-Ann who has Jacob, Dorset Horn and Leicester Longwool sheep. Jo-Ann has a beautiful, clean and well maintained farm which translates into the fabulous fleeces.  As we walked through the field to the barn, I could see the sheep herd in the distant pasture.  They all had their full fleeces on; as shearing is scheduled...

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