Fleece and Fiber Guide

One place to find everything you need to know about processing raw fiber.

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Find The Information You Need

This site is designed to help you find the information you need when first learning to wash and prep raw fiber. Browse by breed, or by method.

Share Knowledge And Resources

Whether you are a professional or someone who has been working with fiber for a long time, you can share that knowledge with others in your community by posting here or linking to your own tutorials.

Search by Breed

Find instructions for prepping, washing, and dyeing raw fiber sorted by breed.

Wash

From the animal to your washtub, in this section, you’ll find everything you’ll need to get your fleece clean and ready use.

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Prep

From combing to carding to picking, you’ll find what you need in this section to get that fleece fully prepped for your craft of choice.

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Dye

Whether it’s an acid dye or a plant from your  landscape, you’ll find everything you need here to achieve that perfect splash of color.

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Wash

From the animal to your washtub, in this section, you’ll find everything you’ll need to transform a raw fleece into something clean and ready to use.

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Prep

From combing to carding to picking, you’ll find what you need in this section to get that fleece fully prepped for your craft of choice.

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Dye

Whether it’s an acid dye or a plant from your landscape, you’ll find everything you need here to achieve that perfect splash of color.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is this all about?
One day, in a Facebook group I belong to, someone had asked if there was a place to find information about washing fleece by breed. I’ve always been a resourceful person, and having experience with building websites, decided it was my duty to create this resource. This website is being built with the fiber community in mind. It’s going to be a place to bring together all of the wonderful resources that already exist, as well as a place for the community to connect and share their knowledge.
What is your roadmap for this site?
This idea is fairly new, but I do have some thoughts on how I would like to grow this website:

  1. Collect information from the community. Breed photos, raw and washed wool photos, personal stories on how to wash, prep, or dye fiber. Photos of dye jobs you are particularly proud of. Etc. If it has to do with fiber, I want to collect it here for organization and display.
  2. Once I have a good amount of information, I will start organizing it for display on the website. The site will be organized in the following way:
    1. Search by breed
    2. Washing Basics
    3. Fiber Preparation
    4. Dye Basics
  3. Assuming the site takes off, I will need to cover my costs by selling advertising. This will be curated advertising by the fiber community professionals and will always be relevant to what this website is about. These will include occasional banner ads on the site.
  4. As the site grows, additional ideas may be presented and added to this roadmap.
Why not just source your information from books and other websites?
There are a few reasons why I want this to be a community effort. First, I don’t want to copy information from commercial sources. Those books, sites, videos, etc are put together by professionals and it is not my intention to steal their business. In fact, I would like to promote them by creating extensive professional resource lists for books, classes, videos, and events.
Who is behind this website?
Hi! My name is Alison, and I am still relatively new to the fiber world. As a self-described polymath, fiber arts has become my current passion. I am a problem solver at heart, and when the opportunity arose to put my talents towards this guide, I jumped at the opportunity (seriously, it was about 1 hour from conception to getting the landing page here ready).

When I’m not crafting, I am a Creative Operations Manager for a Digital Marketing and Design agency in Burnsville, Mn. I live with my husband, two boys, a cat, and two english angoras,  and hope to have a hobby farm of my own one day.

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