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Preparing Fiber for Processing: Gurdy Run Mill


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Presented at the PLAA Annual Meeting 2011 by Lydia Piper of Gurdy Run Farm and Woolen Mill at 763 Tourist Park Road in Halifax, PA 17032 USA. Contact information:
(717) 896-8419 or (717) 896-7661.

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Preparing Fiber for Processing: Gurdy Run Mill

  1. 1. Gurdy Run Woolen Mill Established 2001
  2. 2.  Pre-shearing grooming Brush, Blower and Bath Clean shearing area Prevent secondary contamination of fleece Skirt fleece Sort out undesirable fiber and contamination Determine fiber suitability What do you want to do with your fiber? Type of yarn and what you are going to use it for?
  3. 3. The process of removing lower grade fibers, debris, dung and vegetable matter from a fleeceSorted fiber 3 lbs Fred Guard hairs and2 lbs 10 oz after Raw Llama fleece weighing short fiber 1 lbwashing 4lbs 12 oz 10 oz
  4. 4. When looking over your fleeces check for staple length consistency and strength Throw out vegetable matter, short fibers, matted fiber and coarse guard hair Reduces weight, improves product, and saves money Just a few things found in fleeces
  5. 5. Picking is the opening of locks not the picking out of vegetation. It is also a good place to blend fibers.
  6. 6. Bulky Weight: Less than 8 wraps per inch - 400 to 700 yards perpoundWorsted Weight: 10 to 12 wraps per inch - 900 to 1100 yards perpoundDouble Knitting (DK): 12 to 18 wraps per inch - 1000 to1400yards per poundSport Weight: 18 to 24 wraps per inch - 1300 to 1800 yards perpoundFingering: 24 to 30 wraps per inch - 1800 to 2400 yards perpoundLace Weight: 36 to 40 wraps per inch - 3000 to 6000 yards perpound