Sheep fleece as quilt filling

Discussion in 'Fiber Arts' started by Liese, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Liese

    Liese Namaste

    Dec 11, 2005
    North Carolina
    Hi, I have 3 Dorset fleeces to skirt and wash that I would like to use to in quilts. Do I need to card these first into batting (if so, how?) or can I just tease open the fiber, stuff the quilt and then sew to anchor the fleece? I don't have carders but could use dog brushes, just don't know how I can get from what is on the brush to a quilt batt. I'd really like to make a pad for the matttress and then a quilt for on top- do I need to say our house is cool at night! Thanks for any help. Liese. Piedmont region, NC
  2. Marchwind

    Marchwind Fiber Arts forum Mod. Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Southwest Michigan by way of the Northwoods of MN
    I would say yes you need to card this first but I don't really know. The woolen mill in town here sells wool batts for quilting. They have a huge carding machine for carding their batts.

  3. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

    May 2, 2005
    SW Missouri near Branson (Cape Fair)
    Yes you can, but you must remember that over time they will compact. In "olden days" they would take the filling out every so often and re-comb them to regain the loft and insulating characteristics. Also you must remember that if you wash them you have to just soak them or else you will felt the wool and then you will not be able to re-comb them.

    Try it and see how it works and let us know of the results.

  4. MTDeb

    MTDeb Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Suffolk or hampshire or one of the other down breeds works really well for quilt batting because it doesn't felt.

    I've been wanting to do this myself for a few years now but haven't gotten to it yet.

    I think you could stuff it in if you did a lot of tight quilting like stippling so that it'd hold it in place. But, I think carding it into batts would give you a more consistent batting. I've never tried it myself though.
  5. Somerhill

    Somerhill Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    SE Ohio
    I think you'll be happiest and get the best longterm results if you send your fleeces to a fiber mill that does batting - Zeilingers in MI is one I have used and recommend.
    Dorset is a down breed, and should be good for quilt batting. I used to raise Cheviots, and their wool is very hard to felt. I made Chevito batting bed pillows for DH and me 10 years ago, and we still are sleeping on them!

    Here is a list of fiber processors I organized for our angora newsletter:

    A+ Alpaca Fiber Mill 6781 River Road, Jordan. NY 13080. (315)689-1649
    ABC Ranch Naturals 15249 Hwy. 19 Martinsburg, MO 65264 (573)492-6472
    Adstock Mill 368 Rang,Adstock,Quebec,Can.G0N 1S0 (877)422-5708
    A Touch of Twist 1286 Weast Rd Schenectady, NY 12306 (518)864-5885
    Alpaca Dreamin' Fiber Mill 9630 Stage Road Arkport, NY 14807 (607)295-9515) .
    Bear River FiberWorks PO Box 980211 Park City, UT 84098-0211 (435)657-0336
    Big Sky Quality Wool 120 East Holt Broadus, MT 59317. (406)436-2184
    Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill 3776 Forshaug Rd. Mt. Horeb, WI 53572 (608)437-3762
    Blue Hills Fiber Mill W 13163 Sieck Road, Bruce, WI. (715)868-3074
    Blue Moon Farm Custom Spinning. 31808 79th Ave. Ct. E., Eatonville, WA 98328, (253)846-5863.
    Briggs and Little Woolen Mills Ltd 3500 Rte 635, Harvey , York Co., NB, Can E6K 1J8
    Callimoor Alpacas Fiber Processing 17813 Snyder Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023, (440)543-6152
    Carothers Country Fiber Mill 23798 Whitman Deering Drive, Minnesota City, MN 55959 (507)689-2677
    Cedarburg Woolen Mill, W62 N580 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI 53012 (262)377-0345 OR 1-800-wis-wool
    Crofton Custom Carding, Box 256, 8126 Shasta Road, Crofton, BC Canada V0R1R0
    Custom Woolen Mills RR 1 Carstairs, AB Can T0M 0N0
    Dawn's Custom Carding 214 296th St. E., Roy, WA 98580 (253)843-1899
    Done Roving Farm & Carding Mill P. O. Box 45, Pembroke, ME 04666. (207)454-8148
    Ewe to You, Oregon Wool and Mohair Company, 305 Long Valley Drive, Sutherlin, OR 97479. (541)459-5739
    Fantasy Fibers 26516 S. Hwy 170 Canby, OR 97013 (503)263-4902
    Ferndale Fiber, 2870 W. 54th Lane, Ferndale, WA 98248 (360)384-0169
    Fingerlakes Woolen Mill 1193 Stewarts Corners Road, Genoa, NY 13071, (315)497-1542;
    Frankenmuth Woolen Mill 570 Main St Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (989)652-8121
    Georgia Mountain Fiber, Inc. Eleven Mountain St., Blue Ridge, GA. 30513, (706)632-6767
    Green Mountain Spinnery Box 568 Putney, VT 05346 (802)387-4528
    Harmony Holler Farm 217 Smith Trail, Meherrin, VA 23954-9508 434-223-2335

    Hidden Valley Woolen Mill, 14804 Newton Road, Valders, WI 54245 (920)758-2803
    Huacaya Moon, 214 S. Riverview, Bellevue IA 52031 (563)542-5000.
    Jehovah Jireh Farm, 32323 M-43, Paw Paw, MI 49079 Phone (616)628-4340

    Lee's Carding Mill 421 Lomax, Box 731, Encampment, WY 82325 (307)327-5568,
    Liberty Ridge Custom Carding 6175 Greenway-Lowell RdVerona, NY 13478 (315)337-7217
    Lightfoot Farms Exotic Fiber Processing 29 Wakefield Road ( P.O. Box 1275), Kennebunk, ME 04043 (888-426-6631)
    Lindenhof Wool Mill R.R. # 3, Allenford ON N0H 1A0 Canada
    Longbranch Fiber Farm 17722 Erickson Rd, KPS, Longbranch, WA 98351. (253) 884-4523
    Mabou Ridge Fiber Processing 891 Southwest Ridge, RR#2, Mabou Ridge, NS, Canada B0E 1X0. (902)945-2171.
    MacAusland's Woolen Mills Ltd Bloomfield, PE C0B 1E0 Canada 902-859-3005 fax 902-859-1628
    Mill Canyon Wool Processors PO Box 477, Magdalena, NM 87825 (505)854-2862
    Morning Star Fiber LLC 8522 Dover Road, Apple Creek, OH 44606 (330)439-4301
    Ohio Valley Natural Fibers 8541 Louderback Rd. Sardinia, OH 45171 ( 937)446-3045
    Ozark Carding Mill Gail White, 130B Hwy T Warsaw, MO 65355 (660)438-2106
    Pufpaff's Fiber Processing, Suzanne Pufpaff, 5038 East M79 Hwy, Nashville, MI 49073 (517)852-1871
    Quail Hill Carding Co 11707 Quail LN, Hillsboro, WI 54634 (608)-528-4640
    Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing 18495 Goodwin Avenue, Hastings, MN 55033 (651)485-7916
    Red Barn Fiber Processing Curt and Susan Boyes 5401 Norwood, Loveland, CO 80538 (970)669-6106
    Reidhill Fiber Farm 935 Glenn Bridge Rd SE. Arden, NC 28704 (828)684-9792.
    Rovings Custom Carding & Dyeing Box 192 Oakbank, MB Can R0E 1J0 (800)266-5536
    Royal Fiber Spinnery, Inc, 547 Gavilan Canyon Rd. Ruidoso, NM 88345 (505)258-9276 at
    Snohomish Custom Carding OK Mill Rd Snohomish, WA 98290 (425)334-1942
    Spinderella's Creations 1640 South 600 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 (801)668-0563
    St. Peter Woolen Mill 101 W. Broadway , St. Peter, MN 56082 (507)934-3734 or 3702
    Still River Mill, Deirdre Bushnell & Greg Driscoll, 210 Eastford Road PO Box 397, Eastford, CT 06242 (860)974-9918

    Stonehedge Farm and Fiber Mill, 2246 Pesek Rd., East Jordan, MI 49727 (231)536-2779
    Taos Valley Wool Mill, P.O. Box 567, 104 Lower Hondo Rd., Arroyo Hondo, NM 87513 (505)776-1374
    The Fibre Company 144 Fore Street, Studio D-1, Portland, ME 04101, (207)761-9992
    The Meadow's Gate 1366 Co Rd. 30 Andover, NY 14806 (607)478-844?
    This & That Farm 2212 Tinmouth Road, Danby, VT 05739 (80)-293-5492
    VIP Fibers - Handspun Yarn 18640 Castle Lake Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, (408)782-0515,
    Wilde Yarns, Box 4662, Phila., PA 19127-0662. (215)482-8800
    Wooly Knob Fiber Mill Inc., PO Box 171, 207 South Main, LaOtto, IN 46763 (260)897-4477
    Yolo Wool Products 41501 Co Rd. 27 Woodland, CA 95776 (916)666-1473
    Zeilinger Wool Co 1130 Weiss St. Frankenmuth, MI 48734 (877)767-2920
  6. Marchwind

    Marchwind Fiber Arts forum Mod. Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Southwest Michigan by way of the Northwoods of MN
  7. Liese

    Liese Namaste

    Dec 11, 2005
    North Carolina
    Thanks Lisa for sharing all that info-wow! I did look at Zeilinger's already since my husbands' family lives only about 2 hours south. But it would cost about $106.00 to have 20 lbs of pre-washed fleece turned into battings for both a quilt and a matteress quilt. Their chart showed that 30lbs of raw fleece was needed for these and so I discounted for my prewashed- that's how I got to 20#'s. Anyway, that's not in the budget so I'll continue to experiment, nothing like re-inventing how Great, Great gandma did things! Thanks everyone, Liese