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First Handspun Dog Hair

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Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff taught by Drucilla Pettibone

Unwind while practicing the ancient craft of spindling. Drucilla Pettibone introduces you to easy and inexpensive spinning methods.

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What materials did you use? Tibetan Mastiff undercoat

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What are you most proud of? I was able make my BFF a hat and scarf out of her dogs fluff!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Keep your drafting short and lots of twist with short slick fibers.

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Pretty - looks like angora!

09/14/2013 Flag

I've since spun angora and you're right, the properties are very similar! The shorter staple length and fly-aways made it somewhat tedious and messy but it's still one of my proudest spinning accomplishments.

09/15/2013 Flag

I have a batch of German Shepherd and Wolf cross fur clean and ready to card. The wolf dog's fur is very silky but twisted up strongly in my fingers. I was advised to add tiny bits of sheep wool to bind it together. Did you need to add any other fiber?

11/12/2013 Flag

I would spin up a short test length and if you're happy with how that spins and holds up I would say go with whatever works for you. I used straight dog hair and with enough twist it held up quite well as a two ply. Of course you'll have to pay close attention to your drafting zone as the short silky fibers won't hold together at all until they begin to twist together. A lightweight spindle or using the park and draft method will also help keep your singles from breaking.

11/15/2013 Flag

Dog hair yarn sounds cool!

12/01/2013 Flag