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« on: April 15, 2009 07:46:16 PM »

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I am looking for a mill to process 10+ pounds of raw wool I bought from a friend's rescue farm. In the past I have processed my own, but washing, picking and carding 10 pounds is quite daunting.

So I am looking for recommendations for mills. I am looking for inexpensive. So far the cheapest I've found is Zellingers, who will process my raw, medium coarseness wool into regular roving for a little over $6 a pound. I am only interested in having it processed into regular roving rather than pencil roving or batts.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009 10:37:16 AM »

Wow, that is a great price you found!   Shocked  Personally, I love love love Morro Fleece Works, based out of California, but they are definitely more expensive than Zellingers.  With that price, though, comes serious quality.

I sent Morro 2.5 lbs of merino cross fleece (which would certainly be charged more than yours because of the lanolin content).  They only charged for the finished weight, which was 1.1 lbs.  It broke down to $18 for washing, picking, carding, and pindrafting (one step beyond regular roving, but not pencil), plus $7 for shipping.  This was done last Nov., so it was the 2008 pricing.  It took a month or two to get the finished product, but it is so lovely that I didn't mind a bit.  I really recommend them...it's kind of a "you get what you pay for" kind of thing.  Here's their website, with the breakdown of their price chart: http://www.morrofleeceworks.com/Pages/Pricing/Pricing.htm
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009 01:12:33 PM »

I'm just adding to the thread for the future reference of others. I bought some farm wool off of eBay and loved it so much that I contacted the seller to see if she had more. She didn't, but said it was from a batch of wool she had processed at Stonehenge Mill. Their prices are even cheaper than Zellinger and I plan to use her when I have my raw wool processed. I have used wool from the mill and can vouch for the loveliness of the job that she does. There was minimal VM and it was very, very soft.
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