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.
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.
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 🙂
Selecting fleeces to bring to our customers is one of Marie’s favorite things to do. It’s a little like mining for diamonds.
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”.
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!
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.
We have a number of prize winning fleeces this year…all of the locks are gorgeous!
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.
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?!
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.