Has anyone used dog hair as a fiber?

Randy Bear's picture

My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs.  They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.

I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair.  The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).

Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up.  If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.

A friend of ours has Great Pyrenese Mountain dogs, which have the SOFTEST and WARMEST undercoat.  She saved some of the hair she collected for me and I would LOVE to make a scarf out of the hair.

Randy Bear

hermit71's picture

I haven't used it on any

I haven't used it on any projects but I have tested the fiber at the last convention which I attended and it was interesting though not that unusual. It knit up nicely. I noticed that the breeds' coat type very much makes a difference. The coat from a schnauzer or one of the  terriers that have a wiry top coat over a soft undercoat was kinda scratchy and not good for socks or undies by any means but the fur from say a papillon or even a chihuahua which is softer since they are completely indoor dogs was much nicer to work with, in my opinion. I know the owners of VIP Fibers, Inc and she is very nice and will answer any questions that you might have if you drop her an email.

 

Sam 

drmel94's picture

Well, Darrel and I had

Well, Darrel and I had discussed this regarding his cat and he showed me this company. You might also try contacting the Peachtree Handspinning Guild. There's contact information for them here. I would say it's not absolutely essential to card it with wool, even though sheep-centric folks might tell you so, and an experienced spinner should have no problem spinning it up. Here in Maine I've seen quite a bit of dog hair yarn at fairs, so it's not terribly uncommon - at least not around these parts.

Randy Bear's picture

Hmmm, read the topic before

Hmmm, read the topic before you post, yes?