Wool processing mini mill

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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Location
Fife
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

Member
Location
devon
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
 

delilah

Member
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

Member
Any further progress @delilah, we’ve just sent a load of wool of to be scoured and spun so it reminded me of this thread
Yes sorry an update is imminent; the felt roller arrived from Finland a couple of weeks ago, picker and carder on their way from Shropshire this week. Photos soon :)
 

delilah

Member
Getting to grips with our new toys:
Electric carder, with picker in background. Both supplied by Classic Carders in Shropshire.
And the beast from the East; felt roller all the way from Finland.

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delilah

Member
@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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