Wool processing mini mill


Finished our shearing today, Dorsets and Portlands. Had the young farmers learning the fine art of fleece rolling.

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Thanks; we've still got building works going on so can only process fleeces when there's no cement dust in the air. Once that's completed, and we have taken delivery of picker, carder and felter, will be able to pick the pace up a little.
Pictured some Ryeland fleeces on the drying rack yesterday, most likely destined for felt making.

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Mixed Farmer
I think being able to make your own wool and turn it into clothing along with tanning hides is one of the key elements missing from a lot of "self sufficient" smallholdings. I don't want to walk around looking like something out of the stone age but feel like if TSHTF then it's an incredibly important skill to have!

joe soapy

Local spinning groups often have the gear, used to be one in tavistock that Mother belonged to,
She got 4 Jacobs for the fleeces, b-----y tame ram lamb got in with the Sufflok ewe lambs one night and was there for a week
Not big enough to do any damage it was said..
The spinners thought the coloured wool would knit up in the same pattern as the skins


Quick update: Kicking our heels slightly whilst our picker, drum carder and felt roller are being built for us. In the meantime being prepping for a forthcoming course in natural dyeing. Pictured orange (madder), blue (woad) and green (weld over-dyed with woad).

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Mitts, hand spun and knitted from our Wensleydale wool.

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@delilah are those mini spinning wheels above your head ?
By the way we just bought a wool winder and skein holder, makes winding balls a doddle

Ha no, full size wheels, it's only the mill that is mini :p.
We need plenty of wheels for our regular training days teaching all aspects of wool processing. Just held a couple of natural dye workshops.

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35% of English and Welsh farmers possibly/probably depressed

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.

The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.

Mental health​

Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.

According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...