SpinnersEnd

Tools and Fine Fibers Promoting Traditional Skills

Curtis, Michigan · 1509 Sales

SpinnersEnd

Tools and Fine Fibers Promoting Traditional Skills

Curtis, Michigan 1509 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(717)

Announcement   Welcome to Spinner's End Farm! Our farm mission is to provide tools and fine fibers, from our farm and around the globe, to promote Fiber arts traditional skills.

Most spinners are familiar with this tale...I was given a spinning wheel and then couldn't resist a few animals...and here we are!

My spinning journey started with an innocent announcement while visiting my mother in law in 2007, that I would someday like to learn to spin...when it was time to go home I was one spinning wheel richer and had only an idea how to begin. I hooked up with our local guild (The Eweper Spinners and Weavers) and life hasn't been the same since.

In March of 2008, we had the opportunity to rescue three llamas from overcrowded conditions. Since then, we have added 12 lovely Shetland sheep in a myriad of colors but all soft, soft, soft. Always having a huge love of rabbits, English Angoras were the logical next step...they have the softest fiber I have ever had the opportunity to feel! We added four new angora's as rescues in 2011 who are dear to our hearts. Fall of 2011 we received a gift of two Olde English Southdown Babydoll Lambs from a friend who needed to find them a new home. Spring of 2013 brought a herd of Suri alpacas into our lives and we will share their fiber with you.

Much of the processing is done by hand- from shearing, to washing and carding. Shetland and alpaca fiber is carded into roving or batts for spinning. Angora fiber is either plucked or shorn from the rabbits, with a long staple and avoiding "second cuts". More recently, we have shipped some quantity of our fiber to Zeilinger's Wool mill in Frankenmuth Michigan and Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan Michigan. They have done some beautiful combed top for us- fiber that had too much VM for me to deal with they turned into beautiful processed fiber!

Happily, I am running at a surplus of fiber, and am able to share with folks as well as creating some yarn of my own to sell to needle artisans who can't get enough of the warm, natural luxurious fiber that these species provide. We also have added global luxury fibers from Ashland Bay to our lineup- what a wonderful family they are and they know their fibers.

Visit our blogspot at http://www.spinnersendfarm.blogspot.com

I was recently asked to give an interview about life on the farm for the podcast
"Yarns at Yinhoo". Give it a listen! :) http://www.yarnsatyinhoo.com/episode-12-life-on-the-farm/

If you have a particular fiber you are searching for, let me know and I'll see what I can do to get it for you.

Custom spinning is available

From a smoke free (though obviously not pet free!) environment.

Keep the Tradition alive!

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 16, 2017

Welcome to Spinner's End Farm! Our farm mission is to provide tools and fine fibers, from our farm and around the globe, to promote Fiber arts traditional skills.

Most spinners are familiar with this tale...I was given a spinning wheel and then couldn't resist a few animals...and here we are!

My spinning journey started with an innocent announcement while visiting my mother in law in 2007, that I would someday like to learn to spin...when it was time to go home I was one spinning wheel richer and had only an idea how to begin. I hooked up with our local guild (The Eweper Spinners and Weavers) and life hasn't been the same since.

In March of 2008, we had the opportunity to rescue three llamas from overcrowded conditions. Since then, we have added 12 lovely Shetland sheep in a myriad of colors but all soft, soft, soft. Always having a huge love of rabbits, English Angoras were the logical next step...they have the softest fiber I have ever had the opportunity to feel! We added four new angora's as rescues in 2011 who are dear to our hearts. Fall of 2011 we received a gift of two Olde English Southdown Babydoll Lambs from a friend who needed to find them a new home. Spring of 2013 brought a herd of Suri alpacas into our lives and we will share their fiber with you.

Much of the processing is done by hand- from shearing, to washing and carding. Shetland and alpaca fiber is carded into roving or batts for spinning. Angora fiber is either plucked or shorn from the rabbits, with a long staple and avoiding "second cuts". More recently, we have shipped some quantity of our fiber to Zeilinger's Wool mill in Frankenmuth Michigan and Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan Michigan. They have done some beautiful combed top for us- fiber that had too much VM for me to deal with they turned into beautiful processed fiber!

Happily, I am running at a surplus of fiber, and am able to share with folks as well as creating some yarn of my own to sell to needle artisans who can't get enough of the warm, natural luxurious fiber that these species provide. We also have added global luxury fibers from Ashland Bay to our lineup- what a wonderful family they are and they know their fibers.

Visit our blogspot at http://www.spinnersendfarm.blogspot.com

I was recently asked to give an interview about life on the farm for the podcast
"Yarns at Yinhoo". Give it a listen! :) http://www.yarnsatyinhoo.com/episode-12-life-on-the-farm/

If you have a particular fiber you are searching for, let me know and I'll see what I can do to get it for you.

Custom spinning is available

From a smoke free (though obviously not pet free!) environment.

Keep the Tradition alive!

Sherry MacKinnon

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Sherry MacKinnon

Deep black Suri alpaca sportweight Yarn
$18.00
Medium Grey Shetland and Alpaca yarn- 250 yards
$18.00
Dark Grey Shetland and Alpaca yarn- 250 yards
$18.00
Luxury Lotion Bars- Pamper your hands!
$5.00
Dark Steel Grey Shetland Wool Roving 4 ounces
$8.00
Creamy White Shetland Wool Roving - Four Ounces
$8.00
Oatmeal Shetland Wool Roving 4 ounces
$8.00
Sport weight wool and silk yarn- pink and peach
$15.00
Sport weight wool and silk yarn- Teal
$15.00
Sport weight wool and silk yarn- Caribbean Sea
$15.00
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(717)
JessanneS

JessanneS on May 7, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Ahh this is just what a good fleece needed! Thank you so much, prompt shipping!

ajmcnally1

ajmcnally1 on May 2, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely LOVE this amazing wool for my 3D needle felted dogs. It's so pooffy and elastic and just a pleasure to work with! :-)

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Updates

Now carrying versatile and edgy pedestal closures in black leather by Jul Designs! An innovative and fashionable way to finish your knitted pieces and they can be removed!

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About

An accidental Fiber Enthusiast is born

Act One:
Our story begins with a visit to my husband's family in New Hampshire. There is a lovely farm shop just down the road at River's Lea farm. I couldn't keep my hands off of the lusciously soft and beautifully dyed fiber and brought a few balls home with me. My Mother-in-law Josie asked me what I was going to do with the wool. I told her I had always wanted to learn how to spin....and she said "I have a spinning wheel; you should take it home with you". That was all it took.

Well, not ALL it took because the wheel was missing some minor parts and I had no clue how to use it. I attended my first spinning guild meeting a month or two after we came home and a very kind and wonderful woman named Roberta helped me to adjust my tension, gave me a lesson in treadling and drafting, and words of encouragement . I have been a member of the Ewe-per Spinners and Weavers ever since and they are a lovely group of souls.

Act Two: The Fiber Animals

Enter the Rescue Llamas-
Not long after I learned to spin, our local animal control officer contacted me about a rescue situation she was involved in. An elderly man had more farm animals than he could care for including some pygmy goats and several llama. I asked my husband if he had any interest in fostering a couple of goats and he said " What about the llmas? You could spin their fiber right?" What?!?! I didn't need any more encouragement.

Enter Shetland Sheep-
Well, a fellow spinning friend had about four more sheep than she wanted so Fallon, Fancy Pants, Cameo and Petrucio came to live with the llamas. I love Shetlands because of thier small size, heartiness, lovely wool and their lovability. They have very sweet personalities. Since then, our flock of Shetlands has grown to 12 and in 2011 we were given two Olde English babydoll southdown wethers who desperately needed a new home. They are quite comical.

Enter English Angora Rabbits-
Every spinner needs one or two or a dozen of these. They are seriously incredible fiber producers and sweet animals who take a LOT of care. Of all of our animals, the rabbits take the most time to care for as they require constant grooming to keep them healthy and to keep the fiber mat free.

Enter Alpacas-
I didn't have any plans for these, honest, but a local fellow needed to divest his herd quickly and he was having trouble in the middle of winter finding them good homes. We started a Kickstarter project and funded bringing them all home. We built a larger summer pasture and shelters just down the road and will expand that pasture in 2014.

Act Three: an Etsy shop is born.

I had too much of a good thing! I decided to open an Etsy shop to share the extra fiber from our animals. The sales from the shop helps to provide their hay, minerals and other needs.

After the first couple of years I added knitting supplies and more recently have expanded to offer global luxury fibers from Ashland Bay. I am also an official Schacht Spindle Company dealer and am thrilled to have their products in my Etsy shop. We chose to be a Schacht dealer because of their cutting edge fine tuned equipment and love the fact that the factory is in the U.S. which decreases our carbon footprint (and dependence on fossil fuels) and that their workers are paid a good wage with wonderful benefits.

Our farm mission is to promote traditional fiber arts by providing fine fibers and tools from our farm and around the globe.

Thank you for joining us on our journey- we love your company and encourage visits to our farm. Contact me with any questions you might have; I love to talk fiber!

I was recently asked to talk about the farm on a podcast on Yarns at Yinhoo. Give Sara's podcast a listen! http://www.yarnsatyinhoo.com/episode-12-life-on-the-farm/


~Sherry

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  • Sherry

    Owner, Maker, Shepherd, Spinner, Knitter, Weaver, Fiber Enthusiast

    The world of fiber and I bumped into each other serendipitiously and life hasn't been the same since! My family and I own a small fiber farm in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a wee town called Curtis. We love it here.

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Packages under thirteen ounces will be mailed First Class to save you money. Most packages over that weight will be mailed Priority mail or Parcel post. Large boxes generally are mailed Parcel Post to save on shipping. If you have a preferred method or would like to have an item shipped Priority so it gets to you sooner please send me a convo before purchasing and we can adjust the shipping fee.
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Purchaser may return an item they decide they do not want at their cost, unless the item is defective or misrepresented in which case I will pay the cost.