NJ Fibershed Blanket Project – Pre-Order Blankets Now

 


The NJ Fibershed Blanket Project is a cooperative project between small farms raising fiber animals for their fleeces. This is one of their major initiatives to bring NJ fiber farmers together, and to highlight locally produced fiber products.Using wool collected from farms located within the NJ Fibershed region, the program provides a way for small-scale fiber producers to sell their fiber.  Their wool was processed and made into items that can be marketed to customers seeking local products and who want to support small-scale, sustainable farms
Over 400 lbs of wol was collected and sorted to meet criteria for quality to ensure a final product that is beautiful, warm, and enjoyable to own.

 

The wool was washed in New Hampshire, spun in Maine, and handwoven by ComfortCloth Weaving in upstate New York.

Featuring a unique and modern design with three solid color sections representing the three regions of New Jersey: North, Central, and South Jersey. The gradual transition between color blocks is a playful nod to the fundamental New Jersey debate of where, exactly Central Jersey starts and ends. The nine lines in the transition represent the nine farms who contributed wool to the project.  Two versions will be available – one with a white background and one with a grey background.

The NJ Fibershed Blanket measures 78″ x 58″ (2m x 1.47 m) and weighs 2.5 lb (1.13 kg). The blanket price is $325, and can be pre-ordered now with a $50 deposit. The blankets will be available for delivery beginning in early July.  You’ll be notified by email when your blanket is ready for pickup.

$50 Deposit   

 

Fleece Locks

Fleeces with lock structure are available for use as doll’s hair, Santa’s Beards or art yarn/ tail spinning. Lock length is ~4 inches.

Hand washed adult/young adult mohair: $4/ounce  for doll’s hair/Santa Beards

Machine washed adult/young adult mohair (some loss of lock structure): $2/ounce  for spinning, natural white and grey as well as dyed colors

Hand washed (Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale, Cotswold) wool: $2/ounce for spinning or doll’s hair/Santa’s Beards – natural colors only: white, greys, browns

It is very difficult to keep locks intact through the washing process particularly if the raw fleece contains any VM.  My standard washing process includes prewashing to remove the dirt and some of the grease (lanolin in wool), followed by hand picking to remove most of the VM, followed by a final wash to remove all (or nearly all) of the remaining grease.  Washing is done in a washing machine for soaking and spinning (ie- no agitation).  This gives an extremely clean fleece that can be spun directly from the fleece.  The less VM in the original fleece, the less damage there is to the lock structure.  Most fleeces are not clean enough to produce clean intact locks.  Only fleeces with low VM and good lock structure are hand washed to retain as much lock structure as possible.  That’s why locks are so expensive and why they are not always available.   I will sell raw locks if you want to wash them yourself at a substantial discount.

Contact me based on your project needs (amount, type, your location) for availability and a quote.

Available:

11 oz. white mohair hand washed, very good lock structure, minimal VM

1.6 pounds Blue Faced Leicester machine washed, excellent lock structure, minimal VM

Mohair Fleeces

Mohair Fleeces

Bella BFL Fleece

Bella BFL Fleece

Top – White – Natural

White Top 37% Shetland 63% Mohair

White Top 37% Shetland 63% Mohair

Description: Combed semi-worsted fibers. This is the best fiber as it is all the same length and extremely clean, no VM.
63% mohair,
37% wool (60% Finn, 30% Shetland)
Color: White
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Rambunctious, Finn, Seven Springs, NJ
Type (Processor): Semi-worsted Top (Zeilinger’s, MI)
Quantity (Pounds): 20
Price: $3.50/ounce, $21/8 ounces, $37/pound plus shipping
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Fleeces – Shetland

Constance Shetland Ewe S15 Fleece

Constance Shetland Ewe 2015 Fleece – SOLD

Pershia S15 Shetland Ewe Fleece

Pershia 2015 Shetland Ewe Fleece – SOLD

Veil S15 Shetland Ewe Fleece

Veil 2015 Shetland Ewe Fleece – SOLD

Description: These are gorgeous hand spinner fleeces due to their softness and color variation. Spin direct from the fleece as carding would destroy the color changes within the fleece.  These are washed fleeces, that still contain a bit of lanolin and are ready to spin direct from the fleece.
Color: see details below.
Sheep: Constance – shades of medium brown and cream as well as white.  Beautiful crimp and lock structure.
1.94 pounds washed, small amount VM – SOLD.


Pershia – shades of grey from nearly black to pale grey. Beautiful crimp and lock structure.
2 pounds washed, small amount of VM – SOLD.


Veil – light to medium grey, very soft and crimpy.  Not much lock structure remains as the fleece was picked to remove most of the VM.
1.5 pounds washed, small amount VM – SOLD.

Breed: Shetland
Weight (pounds):
Price: $1/ounce or $15/pound for full fleece plus shipping.  $12/pound raw fleece is equivalent to $17/pound washed due to average 30% washing loss.

Corespun Yarn – Natural White

Yarn Corespun White 100 Yards 2 Pounds 75% Adult Mohair 25% Shetland Wool

Core Spun White Yarn

Description: Natural white core spun yarn for rugs.  Each bump weighs about 2 pounds, is ~100 yards in length and makes ~12 sq feet of rug (2’x6′ or 3’x4′). 75% adult Mohair, 25% Shetland wool
Color: White
Fiber: 75% Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid, Ginger, Rose
25% Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Snow White, Prairie Oyster
Type: Corespun Yarn (Gurdy Run, PA)
Quantity: 7 bumps
Price: $45/bump + shipping. For more than 2 bumps, please call or email for a quote. $10 shipping Priority Mail 2-3 day delivery/ bump; $16 standard USPS delivery for 2 bumps.
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Roving – Jupiter – Hand Kettle Dyed

Roving Jupiter

Roving Jupiter

Description: Jupiter was hand kettle dyed before carding. 59% mohair – 45% Blue Faced Leicester & Shetland wool.
Color: Jupiter – white with swirls of red, yellow and blue
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie and James
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby and Cry Baby’s Sister; Blue Faced Leicester: DWF’s Esmerelda
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella’s, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving – Trinity

Trinity Roving
Description: Natural colored parallel stripes: 21% mohair, 46% wool =60% Finn, 30% Shetland, 33% llama
Color: White, Chestnut Brown, Dark Brown
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Rambunctious; Finn, Seven Springs (NJ)
Type (Processor): Roving (Gurdy Run, PA)
Quantity (Pounds): 4 Oz
Price: $10/ 4 oz plus shipping
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Corespun Yarn – Natural Stripes

Description: Naturally colored core spun yarn for rugs.  Each bump weighs about 2 pounds, is ~100 yards in length and makes ~12 sq feet of rug (2’x6′ or 3’x4′).  50% adult Mohair, 50% Shetland wool.  Designed to create 6-8 stripes per bump when woven. Each bump makes ~12 sq feet of rug (2’x6′ or 3’x4′).
Color: White, Light Brown, Light Grey
Fiber: 50% Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Rembaldi, Black Magic, Megan, Ingrid (dyed with walnuts)
50% Wool: Shetland, Autumn Breeze Acres (PA) Mudpie, Margarita, Mercury, Chocolate
Type: Corespun Yarn (Gurdy Run, PA)
Quantity: 8 bumps
Price: $45/bump + shipping. For more than 2 bumps, please call or email for a quote.  $10 shipping Priority Mail 2-3 day delivery/ bump; $16 standard USPS delivery for 2 bumps.
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