Wool is one of the most durable and lasting fibers in the world. Unlike the synthetic petroleum based fibers wool is all natural and grown on sheep that are grazing. Imagine that, turning grass into a textile that provides warmth and comfort.
The Navajo-Churro sheep have been prized by Navajo Elders for generations. The sheep are unique in offering a dual coated wool. The soft undercoat is extremely fine, while the outercoat is strong but coarse. This offers ultimate protection from the elements for the sheep and a very useful fiber for us.
All of our wool products are 100% Navajo-Churro fiber from animals raised on our ranch.
The photo to the right is white raw wool, freshly shorn off the animal.
We do all of our own shearing on the ranch. When Andrew first got sheep, he became interested in shearing. After years of watching different shearers shear his flock he finally decided to give it a try. His Navajo shepherd mentor and friend showed him the basic form and pattern. Since then he has taken a few shearing classes, upgraded his gear and shears other small flocks as well.
Kendra handles all of the skirting, sorting, and grading. She sorts for quality, length, and color. We shear twice a year, Spring and Fall. Our staple length can range from 4 to 8 inches each clip depending on the animal and type of fleece.
Picture to the left is shearing day.
Yarn and roving are available year around. Yarn selection includes naturally colored, naturally dyed, and acid dyed, all small batch and hand dyed by Kendra. Many of the plants used come right off the farm, while others are collected farther out in the surrounding areas.
We carry a single ply BLANKET weight yarn spun at 750 yards per pound and a RUG weight yarn spun at 400 yards per pound. We also have a 4 ply Navajo Churro warp at 400 yards per pound. We also have a variety of 2 or 3 ply yarns. All of our roving is naturally colored.
The photo to the right is all naturally dyed yarn with locally collected plant materials. This is our RUG weight 400 yard per pound single ply yarn.
Our diverse customer base is filled with many artists with varying visions for starting with raw wool. Navajo Churro wool is great for working straight from the grease. The level of grease is low, allowing for an easy handle. It spins wonderfully and is great for felting. We shear in the late Fall and Spring. Contact us if you are interested in raw fleeces.
If you've never had the pleasure of handling a sheep pelt, I highly recommend it. Each pelt is unique, a true one of a kind piece. They are highly functional and durable. Great over the back of the sofa or draped over an office or rocking chair. Very cozy to sit on or use as a rug. Can also be used in a baby cribs. If you truly love your furry little ones, these pelts would make excellent pet beds or crate liners. Great for gifts and special occasions. I have one on my office chair and absolutely love it.
These beauties move quick, if you are interested, let us know so we can put you on our list.
The photo to the right is an all natural Navajo Churro sheep pelt.