Our Fibery Services

Custom fibre processing to support our local farmers, one fleece at a time!

Our Fibery Mill Process

Let us transform your fleece into something amazing! Our mill can produce sliver, batts, roving, and yarn (lace to heavy corespun). Our small, 1 kg minimum means that you can have yarn created from a specific animal. We guarantee that you will always get back the fibre you brought to us. Imagine your fleece, in the weight, ply, and blend that is best-suited for THAT fleece!

Washing & Opening

Washing begins with your well-picked, sorted and skirted raw fleece. Each fleece is inspected for foreign matter and opened on a picker. Our extractor then uses chemical free, biodegradable soap to gently remove dirt and lanolin. Unlike commercial scouring, this process does not remove vegetable matter. From dirty to clean, fleece washing can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours.

Washing & Opening

Washing begins with your well-picked, sorted and skirted raw fleece. Each fleece is inspected for foreign matter and opened on a picker. Our extractor then uses chemical free, biodegradable soap to gently remove dirt and lanolin. (Unlike commercial scouring, this process does not remove vegetable matter.) From dirty to clean, fleece washing can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours.

Carding

The heart of our mill is “The Duchess”, a James Smith carder built in Philadelphia in 1870. She may not have all the fancy bells and whistles of modern-day equipment but she is a work-horse capable of brushing large quantities of fibre into lovely sliver or batts.

Batts will average between 340g (wool) to 450g (alpaca) each. Slivers can be spun with little or no drafting required – they are like whispy roving. Short or slippery fibres may require blending with a small amount of wool to add stability.

Carding

The heart of our mill is “The Duchess”, a James Smith carder built in Philadelphia in 1870. She may not have all the fancy bells and whistles of modern-day equipment but she is a work-horse capable of brushing large quantities of fibre into lovely sliver or batts.

Batts will average between 340g (wool) to 450g (alpaca) each. Slivers can be spun with little or no drafting required – they are like whispy roving. Short or slippery fibres may require blending with a small amount of wool to add stability.

Pin Drafting

Pin drafting is the process that combs individual fibres into a more organized, consistent roving. Several ends of sliver are fed into the Warner-Swasey pin drafter and combed together, in a semi-worsted process. Blending can also take place on the pin drafter. Several passes are usually required.

Pin Drafting

 Pin drafting is the process that combs individual fibres into a more organized, consistent roving. Several ends of sliver are fed into the Warner-Swasey pin drafter and combed together, in a semi-worsted process. Blending can also take place on the pin drafter. Several passes are usually required.

Spinning

“Alice” the McDermott spinner/plyer machine can create yarns from lace to heavy worsted. Variables include the number of plies and the weight of yarn requested. Staple length (minimum of 3.5”), crimp and micron of the original fleece will determine the amount of twist per inch and consistency of the finished yarn.

Spinning

“Alice” the McDermott spinner/plyer machine can create yarns from lace to heavy worsted. Variables include the number of plies and the weight of yarn requested. Staple length (minimum of 3.5”), crimp and micron of the original fleece will determine the amount of twist per inch and consistency of the finished yarn.

Prepare Your Fibre First!

Skirt & Sort

Remove dags, stained or unusable fibre. Sort fleece by staple length, grade and colour. Fleece with shorter than 1.5” or longer than 6” staple may not be processable. Contact us! 

Bag

Place your sorted, skirted and picked fleeces in large clear plastic bags. Label bags with the date, animal and grade and store in a dry pest-free spot away from direct sunlight.

Hand Pick

Pick your fleeces to get rid of most vegetable matter (processing will remove only some). Be vigilant with second cuts as they cause slubs and shedding in your spun yarn.

Send

Send to the mill for processing asap – moths and carpet beetles prefer dirty fleece! Be sure to include a mill label in EACH bag and pack tightly into cardboard boxes.

Skirt & Sort

Remove all dags, stained or unusable fibre. Sort fleece by staple length, grade and color. Fleece with shorter than 1 ½” or longer than 6” staple may not be processable. Contact us for options. 

Bag

Place your sorted, skirted, picked fleeces in large clear plastic bags. Label bags with date, animal and grade. Store in a dry pest-free spot away from direct sunlight.

Hand Pick

Pick your fleeces to get rid of as much vegetable matter as possible. Be especially vigilant with second cuts as they will cause slubs and shedding in your spun yarn.

Send

Send to the mill for processing asap – moths and carpet beetles prefer dirty fleece! (include a mill label in EACH bag and pack tightly into cardboard boxes).

 

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Inca Dinca Do

1765 McTavish Road, North Saanich, BC  V8L 5T9

(250) 236-3262  |  incadincado@gmail.com

Mill hours for pick-up or drop-off are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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