Spinning Dog Hair
Dog hair is different with every breed of dog, each of which has unique colours and textures. The better the quality of the dog hair you send me the more luxurious the end product will be. Any hair from medium to long coated breeds that have soft and silky hair will spin well. Your dog's hair can be collected naturally and easily during grooming as a result of brushing. The hair from short/smooth haired breeds can be difficult to spin and may need to have other fibres added to it. I only spin 100% dog hair and do not blend it with any other fibres, e.g. wool. If in doubt contact me first
Solo the Golden Retriever was a dream to spin.
Stages of spinning dog hair
Carding raw dog hair - Carding is the process of preparing raw fibre to be spun; it makes the fibres lay the same way.
Rolags - once carded the fibre is rolled into rolags ready for spinning.
Spinning - Firstly it is spun into a single thread. Then two single threads are spun in an opposite direction to create a two ply yarn, which is balanced and very durable.
Skeining - After the yarn is plied it is made into a skein. The skein is washed and hung to dry with weights. The weights set the yarn.
What you have to do
Brush your dog when it is not wet and muddy. Collect the hair from the brush and store it in a paper bag. A bag with handles is ideal as you can hang it up and the dog hair will not compress. You can also store your dog hair in a cardboard box or a pillow case. Try to store it in a light airy place. Do not store your dog hair in plastic bags as it needs to breath otherwise it will 'felt'.
Complete an order form and mail me your dog's hair. When mailing your dog's hair it is OK to place it in a plastic bag as it will only be for a short period of time. Lightly compress the dog hair in the bag if necessary.
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