Mohair – Wool Clothing & Wool String Silencers

When people hear about sheep farms, one of the first things that they’re going to think about is wool clothing. This makes sense. All wool clothing has to come from somewhere. The most fundamental materials for wool clothing originally come from sheep farms.

Lots of people specifically love wool clothing because it is so natural. They can save money with it. Making wool string silencers from the materials at hand can be easy and quick, and it can help a lot of people save money. People can and should manage to use everything that they have, and wool string silencers and wool clothing can make it possible.

yarn of mohair wool

Since our farm supports archery, people can appreciate what the farm produces in an entirely different way. They can come and see actual archery competitions there, and it’s hard to argue with something like that. In the summertime, our farm holds a series of different archery competitions. People from the local areas are encouraged to watch.

You have to fill out an application in order to compete. We do want people who have some experience with archery, obviously. It isn’t going to be much of a competition if people don’t try to put in some effort. We do want to set up an archery competition that will be fun for everyone, however, and it will be possible for people to join in with the competition even if they are just beginners.

You can compete as a beginner, or you can compete as an experienced archer. As long as you basically know what you’re doing, you may be able to compete with us. One way or another, this is a competition that brings a lot of people to the farm and that lets everyone see what you can really do with wool. You may never think of wool again after some experiences with wool string silencers.

Wool is tremendously versatile. People can make their entire wardrobes out of wool. They can also make the components of their bows out of wool for their archery competitions, at least in part. With a compound bow, several of the components can be made using materials that start at a sheep farm.

A lot of people will be excited to watch an archery competition. Our farm supports archery in all of its diversity. We have a strong sense of tradition, and we appreciate that this is an activity that has so much history behind it at some point.

The Art of Mohair Spinning: Tips for Beginners

Mohair is an easy fiber to spin even for beginners, thanks to its long staples. It is the same as spinning hairlike fibers such as wool, except that mohair needs less tension when twisting it. But spinning mohair requires careful handling to produce a perfect yarn, as mohair tends to be slippery when spun. Even so, you will love spinning mohair because of its attractive appearance, especially its texture and sheen.

Here are some techniques that beginners can learn to create something awesome from spinning mohair.

Spinning it right

  • Spin the mohair from the center of the lock rather than the end. Take a lock of mohair and fold it in half to form a U shape.
  • Holding the two ends of mohair on your hand, draft them from the middle and spin.
  • For a fully and airy yarn, open the twist and get the mohair further down the yarn. Do not run your fingers down the twist.

Twisting

  • Add only the right amount of twist needed to hold it together, preferably a loose to medium twist. If you spin it too loose, it will slip away. If you spin it too tightly, you might end up with a string instead of a soft and smooth yarn.
  • Enhance the sheen of your yarn by. Use a light tension only on the spinning wheel.
  • If your purpose is to create a durable yarn for making rugs, blankets, or draperies, you will have to add more twist when spinning mohair. This will, however, reduce the sheen.

Carding

  • Unless you’re blending colors or fibers, just card mohair lightly. It is recommended that you do not card it too much.

Adding fine wools

  • This is a mohair spinning technique that will counter mohair’s lack of fiber memory (being a hair fiber). If you add fine wools, you can avoid that while retaining the great properties of mohair.

Mohair Guide: Frequently Asked Questions about Mohair, Answered

A top choice among spinners, mohair a fine, soft, and silky natural fiber that is sheared from the Angora goat. It is an eco-friendly and animal-friendly alternative to real fur and one of the oldest natural textiles in use today. Featuring a variety of natural colors, mohair takes dyes so beautifully in bright, vibrant colors. It looks great when spun alone or spun with other fibers.

Three main types of mohair

  1. Adult mohair – Sheared from a mature goat, adult mohair is typically 3 to 6 inches in length and can be either fine or coarse. Its fineness is rated at a minimum of 30 microns.
  2. Kid mohair – This soft and fine fleece is the first shearing from a young Angora, with a fineness of 23 to 27 microns. It is less lustrous than an adult mohair.
  3. Goatling – As soft as a kid mohair, the goatling is the second shearing from an Angora goat.

Differences between mohair and wool

Mohair is somewhat similar to wool in many ways. The only difference is that unlike wool, mohair has no scales that irritate and cause discomfort to the skin. Mohair has scales along the fiber, but they are farther apart than those on wool, making mohair hypoallergenic and ideal for people who are allergic to wool. This structure also makes mohair more slippery to spin than wool.

Properties of mohair

Known mostly for its silkiness and softness, mohair is a useful fiber because of its wide range of characteristics:

  • Easy and beautiful to dye
  • Resistant to wrinkling, stretching, and soiling
  • Non-flammable
  • Looks great even when spun with other kinds of fiber
  • Absorbent
  • Washable

Uses of mohair

Because of its unique luster and durability, mohair is spun, knitted, or weaved to make dresses, shawls, blankets, coats, curtains, rugs, hats, sweaters, and other clothing and household items.

Important Things to Consider When Buying Your First Spinning Wheel

Looking to start spinning as a hobby? Before you get started, one of the things you need to buy aside from the fiber is the spinning wheel. If you are clueless about what you must look for in your first ever spinning wheel purchase, read on to know the important considerations while you are shopping around.

The yarn you will spin

Are you interested in a particular kind of yarn for spinning? Many spinning wheels cater to skilled handspinners who can spin any type of yarn, but as a beginner, it is safe that you learn spinning one kind of yarn first rather than to overwhelm yourself. With that being said, prioritize an equipment that focuses or specializes in spinning the yarn you are interested in over one that offers versatility.

Here is a great tip: ask people who regularly spin the kind of yarn that you want to spin and ask them about the kind of spinning wheel they use and where they bought it. It would be better if you can see for yourself how they wheel works so that you can get a feel of how you would actually use a wheel.

 

Your space

How big is the space where you will put your new spinning wheel? Make sure that its size can accommodate that of your new equipment. Fit and comfort are important, as you will easily get tired spinning in a very cramped space.

Your lifestyle

Do you always travel? Do you prefer a spinning wheel that you can often take with you wherever you go? Or are you always at home, and you would like to spin while watching your favorite TV series or hanging out on your patio? Take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing your first wheel.

At Steam Valley Mountain Fiber Farm, our friendly shop assistants can help you pick the best spinning wheel that meets your needs and preferences.