Wool processing mini mill

Discussion in 'Rural Diversification' started by delilah, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. delilah

    delilah Member

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

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  2. delilah

    delilah Member

    Carded batt of our Dorset wool. We will soon be ready to start accepting raw fleece for processing, so if you have a favourite fleece from this years clip you would like to get back as batts then keep it out of the wool sheet :)

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  3. Just thought I’d post this in case it might be of interest to anyone as a possible diversification or add on. My uncle has a company selling all things to do with woolcraft and has built a great reputation over the years. Sadly his wife passed away recently and he is wanting to retire. The company is https://www.pmwoolcraft.co.uk
    Please pm me if of any interest.
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  4. It may be a slow burner but I'm really enjoying this thread, keep it up!
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  5. delilah

    delilah Member

    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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  6. 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!
  7. joe soapy

    joe soapy Member

    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

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