Carding



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New - We now offer combed top to the list of processing services!!  Please see below.

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Prices are subject to change without notice.
Please call (231) 536-2779 to be sure of current rates, or
email: deb@stonehedgefibermill.com. Please make sure the subject line says
something like "fiber processing question" so it won't look like spam and be
deleted by accident.

Note: An old-fashioned phone call is still the easiest and surest way to reach me, particularly if
you're in a hurry. I receive so many emails that it's impossible to answer them all in as timely a
manner as I would like.

Processing charges are on incoming weight of fiber. No minimum, although under one pound of
fiber in a batch will be charged as one pound.

Processing Services and Prices as of March 2015
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Washing charges (if you want your fiber washed but not processed further):

Wool - $4.00 per pound

Fine wool and mohair - $5.25 per pound

Exotics - $3.50 per pound

Rewashing fibers sent as washed - $3.00 per pound

*Note: Prewashed fiber must be grease free, or it will have to be rewashed. See explanation on rewashing below.
*Please do not send washed fiber that has been rinsed in hair conditioner or fabric softener, or they will be rewashed. See explanation below.

*PLEASE DO NOT SEND FIBER THAT HAS MOTHBALLS IN IT OR HAS HAD. WE CAN'T PROCESS WITH A MIGRAINE.

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Carding your raw fibers into batts or roving (includes washing charges): We no longer have a needle felting machine.

Wool - $6.95 per pound

Wool that you have washed and which doesn't need rewashing - $6.45 per pound

Fine wool** - $7.45 per pound

100% Exotics* - $7.95 per pound

Exotics with at least 15% wool added - $7.45 per pound

*Exotics include mohair, llama, alpaca, angora, dog hair, camel, fine wools which need special care, etc. Call if you're not sure. *Some exotics need a small amount of wool added to process properly. We reserve the right to add wool if necessary, unless you specify in your instructions not to.
**Fine wools include quite a few breeds such as: Merino, Cormo, Correidale, Bond, Rambouillet, Polwarth, Targhee, and some crosses of these.
**Sometimes fleeces on the coarser end of the range for the fine wool breed may process OK. Charging a finewool fleece as an exotic will be at our discretion, based on our experience.


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Additional processing services:

We are proud to announce that we can now make your fiber into combed top!! 

Combing of your fibers - $7.00 per pound added to processing charges. Raw weight minimum 10 pounds.

Pin-drafting Wool - $2.50 per pound added to processing charges

Pin-drafting 100% Exotics - $3.50 per pound added to processing charges

Pin-drafting Exotics with at least 15% wool added - $2.50 per pound added to processing charges

Pencil roving - $3 per pound added to processing charges. We don't make a true pencil roving. Our pencil roving is just a smaller version of our regular roving, requiring a lighter feed on the carder.

Second carding for best blending of different fibers or colors - $3 per pound added to processing charges

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Wool for blending:

White Columbia - $3.50 per pound raw plus processing cost

Colored Finn and Corriedale - $8.00 per pound raw plus processing cost

Merino top $13.00 per pound, white - dyed $14.00 per pound
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Rewashing wool

Sometimes wool comes in already washed. I must check the wool to make sure it is completely grease-free. If it isn't free of grease, I must rewash the entire fleece. Otherwise the lanolin coats the teeth of the carding cloth and inhibits the fiber from being carded properly

Our carding prices are based on "incoming weight". If you send us 10 pounds of raw wool you're charged on that amount, but after washing there's probably only around 1/2 to 2/3 that weight to pick and card. If you send us 10 pounds of washed wool and we have to rewash it, the cost and time is the same for washing, but now we are picking and carding nearly the whole 10 pounds. If we didn't charge extra for re-washing, we would be picking and carding as much as twice the amount of fiber for no extra charge. I hope this explanation clarifies the additional charge for re-washing.

Hair conditioner or fabric softeners

When sending washed fiber, do not rinse in hair conditioner or fabric softener. They only coat the fiber and leave perfumes that I am allergic to. I will "condition" the fiber before processing with the best conditioner of all, good old water, mixed 10 to 1 with a water soluable anti-static oil. Clean fiber without oily residues processes the best. If you feel the need to cut the soap, use a little vinegar in the final rinse.

I raise animals also, and expect some vegetable matter (VM) in the fiber, but fiber with "a lot" of VM will be an additional $1.00 per pound to help cover the cost of reclothing the carding machine prematurely. Fiber with excessive amounts of VM will be refused