Working with Wool
On this page we share informative articles about working with wool from sheep. From skirting and storing wool, to carding, spinning and dying your fiber; there’s a lot to enjoy in this topic if you’re an aspiring fiber artist.
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We’ll start with articles to help you produce the best wool you can on your farm. Learn how to increase both the quality and the quantity of the wool on your sheep farm. By feeding your flock the right way, and practicing responsible management and care you can produce cleaner, healthier wool.
Next, we’ll guide you through finding a market for your wool products and fiber art. We’ll also provide some guidance for getting started making and selling wool, yarn, knit and felted goods.
If you’re interested in learning more about working with wool, you may also be interested in the list of my favorite sheep books for fiber artists, featuring hand-picked titles which will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf.
Wool Production on Your Fiber Farm
The following articles are a nice place to start if you’re looking for information, tips, and guidance about how to improve the quality and quantity of wool produced on your fiber farm.
What to do with Sheep Wool after Shearing?
Wool is a highly sought-after material for a plethora of different reasons used in a variety of industries. This is just one reason why proper
What is Sheep Wool Used For?
From blankets to socks, to rugs and hats and mittens, there are many products that are made from wool. But do you know the full
Skirting Wool Guide (how to skirt a wool fleece)
Skirting is when you remove debris from sheep’s wool before selling. Debris in sheep wool often includes stains, vegetable manner, tags, and tarry bits. This
Sheep Nutrition for Wool Production (what to feed)
Shearing, skirting, and spinning are part of the cycle for farmers on sheep fiber farms. They are activities that require hard work to ensure that
Raising Sheep for Wool
For thousands of years shepherds have been raising sheep for wool in countries all over the world. Sheep wool is a preferred fiber because it
How to Keep Sheep Wool Clean (management tips)
If you have decided to raise sheep for wool production, then you will first need to learn how to keep sheep wool clean and free
How Much Wool Per Sheep is Produced Annually?
There is a lot of variation in how much wool a sheep may produce each year. Sometimes it may be just two pounds annually, while
Information About Wool & Wool Products
The following articles offer some information and history about wool and the different products produced by sheep and fiber artists.
What is Worsted Weight Yarn?
There are many different kinds of yarn classified by their different characteristics, such as thickness and weight. So what is worsted weight yarn, and how
What is Merino Wool? (and why it’s so special)
Have you ever seen a sweater made out of Merino wool and wondered why it’s such a popular (and expensive) material? The answer lies in
Types of Wool (what they’re like & where they come from)
Thinking about buying a wool garment or other item and cannot decide what kind of wool to go with? After all, there are many types
The History of Wool
Wool clothing is in nearly every closet. Throughout history, people have sheared sheep for their wool. It’s used to create a veriety of fabrics and
Properties of Wool Fiber
Since the 1970’s, traditional wool has seen a decline in use in clothing and other products compared to synthetic fabrics. Synthetic materials are cheaper, made
The Fiber Arts
Learn about the craft and artistry of working with wool and producing crafts and garments from the wool produced by sheep.
The Art of Spinning Wool
When you think about it the idea for spinning wool probably came easily. At some point in history, someone must have looked at a sheep
Our Weaving Loom Guide (everything you need to know)
Weaving is a traditional way of producing fabric that has been practiced by fiber artists for thousands of years. Woven fabric is made of lines
How to Spin Wool for Clothing
It’s disappointing. If you go to the typical store, wool has been processed into clothes that look pretty much the same. Different breeds of sheep
How to Set Up & Use a Spinning Wheel
If you’re new to spinning it can be a bit daunting to learn how to use a spinning wheel. Many communities have a local spinning
Learning how to spin or want to improve the quality of the wool products you offer for sale at your farm? These buying guides will help you select the perfect equipment to learn and grow as a fiber artist.
Best Spinning Wheel for Beginners & First Time Spinners
If you’re considering getting started with hand-spinning or are looking for the perfect gift for a first-time hand-spinner, then this list of the 4 best
Best Drum Carder (how to select and use a drum carder)
If you’re a handspinner, or are interested in felting wool, then one of the tools you may want to invest in is a drum carder.