|These little ladies just needed to say HI!|
Spinning yard has evolved from spinning by hand, to the spinning wheel, then to the modern day textile mills. The very first fibers were spun by holding the wool in one hand and drawing it with the other hand. The thread was bulky and uneven. The first spinning wheel was crude in design but did the job. As time progressed the spinning wheel was redesigned to make it more efficient… but that is for another blog.
|Wheel barrel full of wool that needs to be cleaned.|
As with everything, time has changed the wool world. Today, of the one billion sheep in existence only 30 million are in England. Australia has become the dominated force in the wool industry. Sheep adapt well to almost any environment and can be found in all parts of the world. There are nearly 40 recognizable breed of sheep in the world. England has lost its place as the dominate force in the wool industry.
|Hand dyed wool from Wooly Bully Yard|
Long gone are the days of scratch wool clothing. There are many different kinds of wools and when blended with each other or other natural fibers they create luscious fabrics. Shetland, Merino, lampswool, mohair, angora, alpaca are just a few wools that can be blended to make wonderful garments or can be spun alone.
|I want one of each... Wooly Bully Yarn .|
***All photos are courtesy of a of Deb Austin-Johnson owner of Glass Onion Bead Co and Wooly Bully Yarn