I try to personally meet all the creatures we get our fiber from
Raw fiber after shorn from the animal is usually in need of a lot of cleaning.
First we pick out the "VM" Vegtible matter, and the poo bits ect. This is known as "Skirting" a fleece.
The fleece is then soaked multiple times until its clean.
One of my favorite parts and a great arm work out is getting the water out of the fleece.
Dye Day with the Native Earth Teaching Farm
Collecting natrual dye materails.
Marigold flowers make beautiful golden yellows.
First the fiber is soaked and prepped (depending on what kind of dye we use)
Then slowly heated
Or I like doing solar dyeing in big mason jars
Rebecca, founder of the Native Earth teaching farm is my mentor to natural dyeing fiber. Here she is gathering indigo.
indego dye bath
solar acid dye results
Wool is then carded (brushed basically) into batts and roving ready to be spun!
Sometimes beads are added
All the material I like to organize ahead of time for the core spun Wild Skien Skarves.