Pehlingbayfarm

Wool

Nicollet, Minnesota | 77 Sales

Pehlingbayfarm

Wool

Nicollet, Minnesota 77 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (24)

Announcement   The 2018 wool clip is in and our first fleeces are available! We made jackets for many of our ewes this winter so we will have some great fiber ready for spinning and felting artists! The jackets are intended to keep the vegetable matter out of the wool, making the wool much more enjoyable to work with! I have only listed the best and softest fleeces from my flock. We will also be posting a lot of yarn in the coming weeks to keep all the knitters out there happy!
While in the barn shearing, I toss all of the belly wool for bedding and the fleeces are skirted for manure and large vegetable matter. The fleeces are then rolled up and stored in burlap bags in the cool basement. This storage keeps the lanolin soft and allows the fleece to breathe.
This is wool from my own flock of Icelandic/Corriedale sheep. I have been raising and shearing sheep here in Southern Minnesota since 2005. I have focused the breeding of my sheep to supply high quality fiber that is soft to the touch. The Icelandic/Corriedale cross fiber is great for spinning and felting.

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Last updated on Mar 24, 2018

The 2018 wool clip is in and our first fleeces are available! We made jackets for many of our ewes this winter so we will have some great fiber ready for spinning and felting artists! The jackets are intended to keep the vegetable matter out of the wool, making the wool much more enjoyable to work with! I have only listed the best and softest fleeces from my flock. We will also be posting a lot of yarn in the coming weeks to keep all the knitters out there happy!
While in the barn shearing, I toss all of the belly wool for bedding and the fleeces are skirted for manure and large vegetable matter. The fleeces are then rolled up and stored in burlap bags in the cool basement. This storage keeps the lanolin soft and allows the fleece to breathe.
This is wool from my own flock of Icelandic/Corriedale sheep. I have been raising and shearing sheep here in Southern Minnesota since 2005. I have focused the breeding of my sheep to supply high quality fiber that is soft to the touch. The Icelandic/Corriedale cross fiber is great for spinning and felting.

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Pehling Bay Farm Wool

I started working with sheep and wool in winter of 2003-2004 right after I graduated College. I got a job catching sheep for a couple of shearers in the area and I've been involved in sheep and wool ever since.

I started with a small flock of Icelandic ewes and after a few years I introduced a ram from the Corriedale breed to my flock to improve wool quality and settle the temperament of my flock. With prices for commodity wool from commercial wool buyers being quite low, I started experimenting with washing and processing wool for the artisan market.

After much trial and error, I have a shop made carding machine and a nice setup for washing, drying and carding the fiber from my flock. I have also started spinning yarn and dying wool with color fast acid dyes. These dyes hold color well with exposure to light and washing. In fall of 2017 we added a shop made felting machine to produce felt sheets that can vary in width up to 4 feet wide!

In spring of 2017 I purchased a Bluefaced Leicester and Cormo Ram to bring some new blood to our flock. We look forward to seeing the Bluefaced Leicester lambs in spring of 2018!

Prior to spring of 2017, entire process starting with lambing, shearing, washing and carding and spinning of the yarn takes place on my farm. In spring of 2017, we started utilizing the services of St.Peter Woolen Mill for the washing and carding of our fiber. The result has been a great partnership with a local business less than 15 miles from our farm! With the carded fiber from St. Peter Woolen Mill, we have been able to offer much more hand spun yarn, carded fiber and felt sheets. While I consider myself more of a farmer than a fiber artist, I great joy in producing the raw materials that others use to make garments of great beauty and warmth.

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    I started working with sheep and wool in the winter of 2003-2004 while working as an apprentice to a couple of local shearers. Since then I have been raising sheep on pasture and marketing the wool to a variety of fiber artists.

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