Fiber Processing and Yarn Spinning
I longed for yarns that 'fit' the one of a kind item I was creating.
So I learned to spin... I attended many North West regional fiber events, learning about the many different breeds. Most importantly, to meet the farmers who produced the fiber...
Most farmers expressed a need to get their fiber to the customers in a marketable form, ready to use. The 'Hobby' farmer had too small of batches to be accepted by many fiber mills....
Many Fiber artists struggled to find a local mill to process their fiber.
This mill strives to offer services to all; from the farm to yarn, in small batches.
During my research of fiber mills, I came across one, in Oregon, who was retiring and liquidating their equipment. Fingers crossed and with a great leap of faith I paid for the equipment and moved residence to set up my own Fiber Mill. I am using 100% Mini Mills equipment from Canada, perfectly suited for fine micron count fibers.
Over looking the South end of the Puget Sound I'm ready to --- Scour; Pick; Card; Draw; Spin; Ply; and Skein up.
You Choose what to do with your fiber.
A 150 minute Washing Protocol ***Fee based on Incoming dirty weight***
150 minutes in 175 degree Water. Washing Protocol includes: Wash, Rinse, Wash, Rinse & Final Rinse. Some rinse water is recycled.
Warm water wash, rinse, wash, rinse & final rinse.
Additional $2/lb tumbling Fee for a 45 minute tumbling session (Recommended to remove excess VM)
Processing fee Based on returned completed weight
After Washing, Fiber is picked, Carded and wound into bumps. Easily stored. Smooth roving easily drafted for hand spinning.
This is a super easy braid to spin for hand spinners. Easier to draft than a combed top. Durable enough for various dying techniques. Easy to store and use.
A perfect product for resellers to showcase your own dyeing talents.
You determine the size of your braid.
Recommended fibers to blend in:
Nylon for durable sock yarns.
Bamboo for a soft draft.
Silk for an added glimmer and durability.
Each Drawn Roving Braid is washed, Picked, Carded and Drawn through the Draw Frame two times. This further aligns the fibers for a smooth semi-worsted yarn. This is easy to draft, even after the heat of the dye bath.
Each braid is hand braided.
Fiber is washed, picked and then carded into a Cloud. Put up into bags for easy shipping and storage.
Spinning fees are based on the FINISHED yarn weight RETURNED to you. An itemized invoice will show the total weight of yarn and skeins to be returned after processing. We will only spin fibers that have been washed here at Soundview Fiber Mill. *** Alpaca is typically three fleeces to blend together to create the 5 pound minimum*** ^ 15% off orders over 50 pounds ^
Gauge: 3-4 Stiches/inch. 400-700 yards per pound
Gauge: 4-5 Stitches/inch. 700-900 yards per pound
Gauge: 5-6 Stiches/inch. 1000-1400 yards per pound
8+ stitches/inch. 1800+ yards per pound.
2019 is here. The first full year in business has come to a close. Much has been learned, repaired and built; with more improvements to come.
Based on customers requests, Soundview Fiber Mill is now offering two new products.
Cloud, which is a carded fiber perfectly suited for hand spinning woolen yarns.
Braids; allows you to easily dye before spinning, and creates any easily resalable product for your farm.
This price structure is a little more complex. The intention is to reflect the quantity of fiber received back, after processing.
New Price EXAMPLE:
Average wool fleece weighs in at 6 pounds.
Assuming the usual 25% wash out of grease and dirt & fiber loss during processing...
19 finished skeins of worsted weight yarn are returned to you, weighing approx. 3.8 ounces each for a total return weight of 4.5 pounds of yarn.
Washing --- 6 x $7.50 = $45.00
Spinning --- 4.5 x $28.00 = $126.00
total cost = $171.00 (+tax)
Cost per skein = $9.00
This is just an example, each fleece washes out at different rates.
To schedule your fiber processing; email Char@soundviewfibermill.com
Feel free to email with any questions.
Single, three, and four Ply yarns available. Email for price...
We offer a variety of fibers to blend into your fiber. Please contact for availibity & Price.
2 ply wool/nylon blend
We now have a drop-off and pick-up location. Please contact the mill for a week to schedule drop-off.
firstname.lastname@example.org - or - call or text 425-214-2425
16590 E. State Route 3 Allyn WA 98524
We love our customers, and strive to fulfill your fiber needs.
Currently, we are not open to the public, but will gladly accept fiber through our mail box - or - schedule a week to drop off at Allyn Knit Shop.
625 W. Rail Road Ave, #175; Shelton WA 98584
(425) 214-2425 (text or call)
Mill is operating Wed., Thurs., Friday and Saturdays. Please allow time for return calls.
Please include your contact information.
Checks made out to Soundview Fiber Mill
We will contact you, when we start to processes your fiber, for final payment.
Fiber will be shipped or dropped off per your request after final payment. Usually within 3 days of Final Payment.
Any unpaid Processed Fiber after 30 Days become property of Soundview Fiber Mill.