| A LUXURY YARN AS CLOSE AS YOUR OWN BACKYARD!
A skein of Hand-spun Chiengora yarn
from a Shetland wool Icelandic Sheepdog blend.
Now before you can say "Dog Hair?" For hundreds of years people have been turning their dog's fur into
warm snuggly yarns to keep the chill at bay. The practice of utilizing a dog's downy undercoat is little known
here in the United States. We hope to be able to introduce this product to you, a luxury fiber as close as your
Today we call this fiber "Chiengora". "Chien" from the French word for dog, "gora" from the Angora rabbit, a
fiber it most resembles. The shed hair we brush from our pets no longer has to be a chore producing
useless waste, but it can be spun into a yarn that is soft, warm and full of memories.
Over time, your dog hair yarn will fluff and develop a beautiful Halo, much like those Angora sweaters we love
to wear. It is 8 times warmer than wool, it's structure simular to that of Alpaca, another medullated fiber. Dog
hair is being used in Therapeutic garments for relief of Arthritis and pain, resists soiling, insulates even when
wet, and has a lovely drape and softness.
COLLECTING AND STORING YOUR PET HAIR
Grooming your pet is a wonderful time for you and your pet to bond. While grooming your pet begin by
discarding any debris or matts. Then just groom your pet as you normally would, removing the pet hair from
the brush or comb and depositing it into a paper bag. Just be sure that it is dry.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO PET RESCUE
I began this pet hair spinning service after the Hurricane Katrina disaster to help with the plight of the lost,
homeless and abused animals. One dollar of every ounce of your pet hair spun will be donated to animal
rescue organizations in your and your pet's name. We hope this little bit will help these wonderful
organizations continue their valuable work.
Just What Can Be Spun?
The double-coated breeds soft downy undercoats is the best candidate for a soft next-to-the-skin yarn.
Fibers should be at least 1 1/2 inches long.
Single coated breeds whose fiber is at least 2 1/2 to 3 inches long can be spun as well. This fiber is a bit
coaser than the undercoat of the double coated breeds but has much more luster. It may be better suited to
outerwear than next-to-the-skin applications.
WHAT ABOUT PET ALLERGIES
Most people who are allergic to cats and dogs suffer from the animal's dander and saliva. Once the animal
fiber is washed after spinning it into yarn, the offending properties that cause the allergic reaction are washed
DOG BREEDS THAT YOU CAN SPIN!
Long Haired Dachshund
West Highland Terriers
......or any breed or mix that resembles these.
p.s. We haven't forgotten your favorite cat. We do long haired cats too, we call that Catsmere!
A pack of Spin-able dogs!
2009 Price list
Dog Hair, Carded, Blended*** $13.00 per oz.
A 50% deposit will be required prior to beginning spinning or knitting work.
One dollar of every ounce of your dog hair spun will be donated to Animal Rescue Charities.
We will be happy to mail you your finished items; shipping, handling and insurance will be added to the
**** Please be advised there is between 5 -25% of fiber loss in the carding process.
|Paula Huff turned her Shelties into an Afghan!
Dog Hair Yarn