Mohair is the sheared fiber offered by Angora goats and is one of the oldest textiles for fabric making in use throughout the world. The fiber is soft and silky, an excellent insulator in winter as well as relatively cool during warmer temperatures. Mohair is generally blended with other wool fibers to create a high quality yarn or used for craft projects.
This past week I hand-washed then sun-dried Savannah's mohair locks.
The color palette for her fiber includes creamy white, beige and tan, and light red (generally found on fiber tips). Her locks maintain a soft crimp.
Our mohair fibers are available for purchase through our Etsy shop.
Our new set of angora goats provided us with our first mohair fleece this past week after their fall shearing. Angora goats are sheared twice annually - once in the spring prior to birthing and once in the fall prior to breeding.
This is Sterling, our light-red buck, sporting his new look.
Below are photos of Savannah, our light red doe, and Kacie, our rose gray doe.
Excellent fiber from all three - soft staples with good crimp.
After washing, this mohair will be available for purchase through our Dry Hollow Farm Etsy shop, or you may contact us directly if interested.
We are expanding our inventory of rustic wool beaded necklaces with a variety of mixed color options as well as experimenting with the creation of felted angora beads in addition to Jacob fleece beads.
Options available can be viewed at the Dry Hollow Farm Etsy shop and include beaded hemp necklaces as well as copper wire.
This week found me harvesting angora fibers from our angora rabbits. Unfortunately, although we brushed Stormey regularly, we procrastinated plucking or shearing his moulting coat until the fiber felted around his body.
Chalk it up to newby ignorance!
He and I spent one very long afternoon clipping away the felted hunks of fur with a pair of small scissors. No photographs. He's too embarrassed ...
The following day I brought in our two other angoras, Ty and Amy, for plucking sessions. Angoras moult their fibers three or four times a year. Removing the fiber is not painful for them as the hair follicles have already released from the skin. Not removing the hair results in matting or felting which keeps the rabbit's body from cooling as needed and may also cause rabbits to ingest dangerous clumps of fur.
I utilized a comb for most of the fiber harvesting. An undergrowth of fine hair remains once the moulted fur is removed. Note the difference in the photographs above: plucked Amy on the left, unplucked Ty on the right.
Fiber from each rabbit is now available through our Etsy shop. Check out our Fiber Store web page for more information.
With lots of bright sunshine and warm temperatures, I spent most of the morning washing our last fleece from the February shearing. This is Maggie's fleece, probably the best of the lot with an excellent rating.
The cats greatly enjoyed this activity, playing with the bits of wool that fall to the ground when I skirt the fleece.
We are now offering 100% all natural dryer balls handcrafted from our Jacob sheep fleece, sheared in February (2014). Woolen dryer balls are economically and environmentally friendly by replacing commercial dryer sheets coated with chemical and artificial softeners and fragrances. These balls soften clothing, sheets and towels by bouncing around inside the dryer drum all the while absorbing moisture to speed drying time. All-natural fragrances can be added to the balls if desired.
Available through our Etsy shop!
Sold in sets of five.
or make that three. We welcomed three more angora rabbits this weekend. They are six weeks old. In addition to collecting angora fiber from them, we will begin breeding in early fall.
We opened an Etsy store site today for marketing our Jacob fleece wool rolags (and any other products which may come along). Rolags will be listed according to sheep fleece so that customers can see each animal contributing his or her wool suitable for spinning or felting. First up is Maisey, minus the leaves and detritus hanging from her underbelly in the photograph below, of course.
Click here to visit the Etsy site, or peruse our website pages for more information!
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