Newsletter #4
Pin-drafted roving

We’re taking orders!

Starting tomorrow (April 1st) we’re accepting custom processing jobs for roving and pin-drafted roving. We’ve been working hard to get up to speed with our equipment and we now feel more than confident we can make beautiful roving with your hard-earned fleece. To thank you for trusting our new operation, we’re offering a 20% discount for orders placed by June 1st or until we meet our summer capacity.

Thanks in advance for your support!


You’ve got questions?

Hopefully the following Q&A will help answer them, but please don’t hesitate to send us an email if we missed anything.

What is roving?

Roving is fiber that’s been washed, picked, carded and coiled for use in hand spinning and needle felting. 

What’s the difference between regular and pin-drafted roving?

Regular roving is roving directly off of our carder, which definitely makes a nice enough roving for hand spinners and felters. The pin drafting process further aligns and evens out the roving. When we spin yarn here at the mill, we need the roving to be absolutely perfect, so we run it through our Pin Drafter at least twice. If you want to hand spin with the creme de la creme of roving, opt for Pin Drafting — it’ll make hand spinning a dream.


What’s your order minimum?

For roving orders, our order minimum is five pounds incoming (before wash) per job. We can process less than this, but we will charge for the minimum weight.


What’s your maximum/minimum staple length?

Our carder requires that staple (fiber) length to be between 2 and 6 inches. Additionally, we cannot accept fiber from animals that have been bedded in wood shavings as they’re next to impossible to get completely out of a fleece and will ruin our carder.*


Can you process alpaca, mohair, etc?

Sorry, we are a sheep’s wool only operation for the time being. We also cannot accept hair breeds (Navajo Churro, Icelandic, etc) of sheep as we don’t have a dehairer.

When can I get yarn made at Junction Fiber Mill?

Starting May 1st, and we’ll post our pricing for yarn in the coming week.


*We reserve the right to reject any fleece for any reason
In Other News
Sheep Shearing

Oh yeah, this happened too. A few weeks ago we gathered with our fellow fiber folk at Peggy and her husband Todd’s farm for the annual sheep shearing. This is their 9th season shepherding their flock of colored Corriedale sheep so they’ve had a few years to get their shearing day system down to a science. This time-lapse video sure makes it look especially so.


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