Skirting and Cleaning
Quality In is Quality Out
Please remove manure tags, clumps of felted fiber, hay particles, plus burrs, seeds, and second cuts. If this is not done prior to shipping to us, we will not process your fiber. If you have skirted your fiber, but not throughly enough, you will be charged an additional skirting fee of $20.00/lb on the incoming weight. We need to have properly skirted fiber in order to be able to process.
NOTE: Skirting your fleece for yarn processing is more precise than for rovings. We need the very best of the fiber to make yarn. Second cuts and a short staple length make for a poor yarn. The mill's spinning machine can only have a deviation of two inches from the shortest staple to the longest staple, otherwise the short staple gets pulled through at a faster rate with no control and this causes slubbing. Please be aware of the fiber loss when processing into yarn.
We reserve the right to refuse fleece that we feel is inferior to process. Fleece that is heavily full of VM, moth infested, moldy, full of dander or mostly felted will be considered inferior. The customer will make the decision as to the disposal or return shipping of the fleece. The customer is responsible for the shipping cost, plus a inspection/handling fee of $5.00 per returned box.
Most dander cannot be removed from within the fibers. The hair shaft has grown through the piece of dried skin making it almost impossible to remove. Extremely infested fleece will not be run through our machines.
Llama fiber comes in different types... there is the
classic... the 'original' llama fiber... has an abundant amount of guard hair and a
spongy course inner fiber. This type makes outer garment yarns.
Then there is the newer type llamas... they come in a 1)
blend of single coat and the original, blended together....2) the single coat,
which makes a beautiful fine soft yarn, 3) suri llama fiber, which comes in
locks and has no crimp and feels more like silk and is cool to the
No matter what type you have.... Please... do the
following... if the llama has not been sheared yearly... make sure the fiber is
not felted... if you can pull it apart easily with your fingers, then it is
still good for processing... Watch for the dried fiber tips...as they will break
off in the carding and causes noils during spinning.... And the most
important;... all sheared fiber needs to be skirted and free of VM before
sending it to any mill... just don't roll it up, stuff it in a bag, and send it
to a mill thinking it will come back looking like a million bucks... this does
not happen... An unskirted fleece will cost you money and you will get back a
low value end product.
If you can see the hay in the fiber... pick it out or pull
that whole batch of fiber out and throw it away. If you can grab fiber in your
hand and squeeze... and feel it 'crunch' or it pokes the palm of your hand...
then it is too dirty for the mill....
If you cannot separate clumped or matted fiber with moderate ease…please do not expect our machinery to do it either. This type of fiber cannot be processed.
Sunburned tips, weak and stressed fiber or light mats can cause breakage during the picking and carding processes, thus causing noils. Suggestion...hand cut the sunburned dry tips off to get a better product before shipping.
Extra long fibers have the chance of wrapping and catching during carding causing breakage. We reserve the right to cut extra long fibers to accomodate our machines. Our carder does best with staple lengths of 3 ”to 6 ”. We do not cut Icelandic, Shetland, or Navajo Churro fiber.
WASHING: We will always wash your fiber in a natural low phosphate solution made just for wool and exotic fibers. PLEASE do not pre-wash your wool/fiber before shipping to us, especially if it is designated for yarn unless you call us first.
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