Custom Weaving for Fiber Farmers

I am a textile designer and weaver. I weave on 1940s vintage dobby looms, with widths ranging from 48" to 92". I enjoy working with complex weave structures often using 24 harnesses. For comparison, a standard hand loom has 4 harnesses. Using so many harnesses requires the technology of the power loom, and results in more unusual, intricate patterns. I use the looms as a handweaver does; however, with the flexibility to change patterns and colors as I work.

Since 1990, I have collaborated with spinning mills and small scale wool producers to weave custom designed throws and blankets. Custom blankets show off your carefully cultivated wool to its best advantage, and I enjoy working with each wool grower to come up with a unique design.

The following costs represent the range of estimates for the costs of weaving throws. The more blankets you have woven, the lower the unit cost is because the design and warp set up time is more than half the expense of the work. As this is custom work, the final cost will depend on the size of the yarn and the complexity of the design.

My warp length minimum is 40 yards. Depending on the size of the yarn, this warp length generally requires 40 lbs. of yarn and results in 16 throws (48" x 72"). Throws weigh about 2 1/2 lbs each. Yarn must be on cones, though for an additional charge I can convert skeins to cones. Typically the cost of weaving each throw (not including finishing) will be $65-$90 per throw. If you make the minimum length warp, the cost will be closer to $80/throw. Finishing (edges and washing) is an additional cost, typically $25 per throw.

I can also weave bed size blankets: twin (72" x 90") and full (80" x 90"). Estimated cost for full size is generally twice that of a throw, as they are almost exactly twice the size and weight.

Custom Weaving with Commercial Yarn

I can also do commission weaving to your specifications using commercial yarns. Price/yard will be dependent on size of yarn, complexity of design, and length of warp. Warp length minimum is 40 yards.

Please contact me to discuss your particular needs and interests.

Spinneries: Fleece to Yarn

You will need to have your wool spun into yarn. Where you do this depends on where you live, how much wool you have, and what kind of yarn you want spun.

Here is a partial list of spinneries that I know about. 'Mini mills' seem to be opening around the country; I don't have much experience with them but you may also find one near you.

East Coast

Autumn Mist Fiber Mill
Prattsburgh NY
www.autumnmistalpacas.com,
607-868-5401

Bartlett Yarns
Harmony, ME
207-683-2251
www.Bartlettyarns.com
Offers good pricing with minimum of 100 lbs washed. See Riteway Scouring below

Echoview Fibermill
Weaverville, NC
855-693-4237
www.echoviewnc.com

Fingerlakes Woolen Mill
Genoa, NY
315-497-1542
www.fingerlakes-yarns.com

Green Mountain Spinnery
Putney, VT
800-321-9665
www.spinnery.com

Hampton Fiber Mill
Richmond VT
www.hamptonfibermill.com
802-734-8615

Harrisville Designs
Harrisville, NH
603-827-3333
www.harrisville.com

Loch's Maple Fiber Mill
Springville, PA 18844
570-965-2679
www.lochsmaple.com

Still River Mill
Eastford, CT
860-974-9918
www.stillrivermill.com

Sweitzers Fiber MIll
Seven Valleys, PA
717-428-1364
www.sweitzersfibermill.com

Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio
Brandon, VT 05733
802.236.9158
www.vermontfibermill.com

Worthington Acres Alpacas 
Unityville, PA 
570-458-6789 
www.worthingtonacresalpacas.com

Midwest

Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill
Mt. Horeb, WI
608-437-3762
www.blackberry-ridge.com

Zeilinger Wool Company
Frankenmuth, MI
989-652-2920
www.zwool.com

Round Barn Fiber Mill
Durand, IL
815-201-1800
www.roundbarnfiber.com

Stonehedge Fiber Mill
East Jordan, MI
866-536-2779
www.stonehedgefibermill.com

West

Mountain Meadow
Buffalo, WY
307-684-5775
www.mountainmeadowwool.com


Washing

Riteway Scouring
Waldeboro, ME
207-542-4231
www.ritewayscouring.com