From Farm to Felt – Curly Locks, Santa Locks, Mohair Locks!

Beautiful Curly Locks Starts with Great Fleece!

Most of the time on our blog you see the “end results” of what someone felted or needle felted with wool and mohair, but we want to show you a little “behind the scenes” of some of the great fleeces and curly locks we bring you at Living Felt.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

For our mohair locks and sheep’s locks, we buy direct from the farms, and more than 95% come from U.S. farms, importing only some of the more rare long breeds such as Teeswater from abroad. It always feels good to support a farmer and their family. Often these folks live simply and live for their animals, they name them, they care for them, they nurse them if they are injured or ill, and they help deliver their babies. It is a very personal business that requires a great deal of dedication, time and effort.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

It is always wonderful when we can connect with the farmers and the animals to hand select our fleece. Some of them like to get close…real close 🙂

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat - Mohair Locks

ever been kissed by a goat? !

Selecting fleeces to bring to our customers is one of Marie’s favorite things to do. It’s a little like mining for diamonds.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

Marie shows off the ringlets of this lovely yearling Fleece.
This will wash up beautifully and is actually a faded “red”,
which will look blonde — we call it “goldie locks”.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

White mohair fleece laden with dirt and sand

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

locks are sorted and put in order with all cut ends together before washing.

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

so clean and shiny now!

Some locks require extra special care and time in washing to reveal the fullness of their beauty!
These mohair locks were truly diamonds in the rough!

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Before and After washing

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

 

We are very happy with our Santa Locks this year and know you will love them!!

We sampled a large number of  fleeces to bring you the loveliest white and curly locks for Santa beards and hair.

Santa Locks - Living Felt

Two of the sheep whose fleeces will be used for Santa Locks this year. Colored and White

We have a number of prize winning fleeces this year…all of the locks are gorgeous!

White Santa Locks - Living Felt Prize Fleece

Prize winning fleece, from sheep to you…much whiter of course!

This particular fleece was a  Grand Champion. It takes  a lot of time and care to raise such a beautiful animal  with a prize winning fleece,  and it takes several hours to shear it, skirt it, wash and it and dry it.

 

santa locks for felting - raw, unwashed

raw locks, “in the grease”, as they look after shearing

At Living Felt we take great care in not only selecting but in washing and dyeing locks for our felting friends. Locks such as these gorgeous Santa Locks undergo a number of rinses before being washed with a  biodegradable,  eco-friendly soap,  – it then takes several washes to remove all the dirt and lanolin. The soap we use is also gentle and does not strip the fibers or dry them out, they are  then rinsed and rinsed again before being set out to dry. Sometimes we add a touch of Lavender essential oil to the final rinse.

Locks can be very dirty and greasy before being washed. Sometimes a fleece weighs 40% – 50% more dirty than  it does once clean and dry.  Shown below is the same fleece before and after washing, incredible, right?!

 

Santa Locks Before and After - LIVING FELT

Santa Locks Before and After – LIVING FELT

 

 

 

Santa Locks Curly White - LIVING FELT

Santa Locks Curly White – LIVING FELT

Angora Goat

We are very happy to bring  you the best fleeces, wool, mohair and locks for your felting projects. Thank you for  felting with us, and thank you for helping us to continue to support U.S. Farms and their families with sustainable  practices. We look forward to seeing the pictures come back of what you make with these lovely Santa Locks!

We appreciate you … and we wish you happy felting.

See Our Complete Selection of Sheep & Mohair Locks Here

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