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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2015, 11:39:53 am »
They are definitely still in business. I've been in touch with Paul today about an event I organise and he was replying to my emails.


Thank you MW   :spin:  That's great news.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #31 on: June 22, 2015, 11:43:50 am »
So now we're in June, and I still haven't sent off my fibre to turn it into tops or roving.  In fact I'm chucking out a lot and ..... sssshhhhh.....burning it  :o :o :o  Not something I would normally do, but I was totally swamped.  Some of the bags went back to 2007, and the moths had definitely got to those, so they would have been burnt anyway.  The more recent stuff had stored ok, but wasn't very appealing.

For mill carding/combing, I will use only fleeces from last year and this - and we still have to get through most of the shearing.   I'm more organised now as I have my wool shed to do the sorting in, with a nice big table.

However, looking on the Natural Fibre Co website, I can't find any guides to prices.  They do say that prices are calculated according to the specific job, but unless I have some idea I can't just send it off and hope it doesn't break the bank.  It used to be that there was a set price scale.

So, has anyone had work done there recently?

I have explored the mills mentioned earlier, but they seem to be more specialised, and more expensive.  So I'm not much further forward than I was when I started this post in Feb  ::)
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #32 on: June 22, 2015, 11:58:42 am »
Garden Organic are looking into the possibility of using fleece to deter slugs. Not sure how as they are still at the research stage but it might be worth thinking about.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #33 on: June 22, 2015, 12:00:38 pm »
Fleecewife, if you look under 'advice' they have 2 price lists. One with VAT included and one without. 
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #34 on: June 22, 2015, 04:41:17 pm »
Fleecewife, if you look under 'advice' they have 2 price lists. One with VAT included and one without.


I blame the creeping senility  :tired:.  Thank you Sally - I'm so useless with websites.

So if I read it correctly, scour and card only, min 10kg, is 13.80 /kg, + VAT.  That seems perfectly reasonable.  So next step will be sorting out a couple of breeds of fleece and sending them off.
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Fleecewife

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  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #35 on: June 22, 2015, 04:46:35 pm »
Garden Organic are looking into the possibility of using fleece to deter slugs. Not sure how as they are still at the research stage but it might be worth thinking about.

That has been suggested for many years MGM, so maybe their research is to see if it really works.  It doesn't  ;D  As soon as the fleece gets rained on, the slugs can positively run over the surface.  Then there's the problem that we use rotavators in our veg patch, and fleece takes ages to rot down, meanwhile tangling round the tines, and proving almost impossible to get off again.  So I've been banned from using fleece in the garden  :garden:
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clydesdaleclopper

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2015, 05:29:24 pm »
You can use it as a weed suppressing mulch around fruit trees though
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: sending fleece for carding
« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2015, 08:36:26 pm »
You can use it as a weed suppressing mulch around fruit trees though

Oh here it would be sure to clog up the mower................or the chickens would spread it all around....or both  :roflanim:
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