How to Prepare your Fibre
Preparing your fleece and fibre will result in a better end product for you and will save you money. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare your fibre and also what to avoid. If you
Skirt Your Fibre
After shearing and before processing lay your fleece out on a flat surface (preferably mesh or an old bed frame so dirt can fall through) discard any belly or neck fibre (these are the most dirty) remove any large dung tags or matted areas, britch wool and pull out as much obvious veggie matter (vm) as you can.
It is best to store wool dry and in a breathable bag until you are ready to skirt, sort and process. Keep the fibre in a dry/secure place where rodents and pests cannot damage the fibre.
What to Avoid
heavily soiled areas (often the belly, the neck, the leg wool etc)
burrs, seed heads, thistles
other contaminants such as twine, thread and feed
We also check fibre for breaks and weakness, this will affect the end product of your fibre. To check for this yourself take a small amount of fibre and gently pull the top and bottom apart and listen for ‘crackling’ in the fibres.
Staple Length and Second Cuts
At LWH mill we cannot process staple lengths shorter than 2.5” if the staple length is longer than 6.5” we can make lopi-style (singly ply) yarn, and if the staple is longer than 8.5” we cannot process it all.
Removing second cuts from your fibre will help with a uniform product.