The Folkart & Primitives Etsy Team is pleased to introduce Joel & Kathi (and their wonderful family) from Oldhaus Fibers!
Here's what Joel & Kathi have to say on the Oldhaus Fibers Etsy Shop "About " page:
"We have a variety of Hand Spun and Hand Dyed fiber items. Many come from our Giant Angora and French Angora, Rabbits. We are an ARBA registered rabbitry.
We blend our Angora with fibers from our friends Sheep, Llama, Alpaca, and Bison. We also have used Camel, Opossum, and other exotic fibers.
We use conventional spinning wheels, antique great/walking wheels, drop spindles to spin our fibers. We also do our own dying of fibers & yarn, along with a variety of felting techniques on our projects."
Giant Angora getting a clipping.
We have had an ARBA registered rabbitry for the past ~10 years. We are a family of 5, Joel, Kathi, Derrick, Ethan & Ahren. We have Giant Angora, Giant-French Cross, and French Angora Rabbits, The rest of our wool we trade from friends!
Rare natural lilac 100% giant angora wool, clipped, carded
This fiber is carefully clipped from the giant angora bunnies. Oldhaus Fiber cards all fibers for you using a “Patrick Green Little Deb’s Deluxe” drum carder. It is especially built for fine angora fibers. The batts are most wonderful to spin!
Begin To Spin Kit
Oldhaus Fiber offers a Begin To Spin Kit that uses a drop spindle. The kit includes; drop spindle, lieder string, sheep wool, angora rabbit wool, and detailed illustrative instructions. Kathi is one of the few persons that can spin angora right from the bunny. They have to be molting, in the mood, and like to be rocked ... pumping the peddles does that!
Natural brown Llama, natural goldenrod dyed Sheep, orange Giant Angora, cotton
This is an exceptional piece of hand spun yarn made from natural brown Llama which is wonderfully soft, Sheep's wool, hand dyed with natural goldenrod dye, picked in Iowa County, Iowa, Giant Angora wool, hand dyed orange, raised in Iowa County, Iowa, and plied with an ecrue cotton thread! This is all hand carded, hand spun into this beautiful, very soft yarn
that is 2ply, ~206yd/188m , 5.3oz/149g ... that's enough yarn for a large project!
Oldhaus Fibers uses conventional spinning wheels, antique great/walking wheels, drop spindles to spin our fibers. We also do our own dying of fibers & yarn, along with a variety of felting techniques on our projects.
The FAAP Team is proud to have Joel & Kathi (and the kids too!) in our group! Please visit the Oldhaus Fiber Website and look at their online store, blogs, and rabbits for sale! Be sure to say "Hello" while you're there!!!