I am often asked what Kind of mill we are.
Here are the different types of fiber processing mills that yarn and fabric produces refer to as:
A Worsted mill is a type of textile mill that primarily produces woolen type fabrics and yarns. Woolen fabrics are crafted from wool fibers that have been carded, which is a process of separating and aligning the fibers to form a fluffy sheet. The carded wool fibers are then spun into yarn and woven or knit into fabric. Woolen fabrics have a soft and fuzzy texture due to the fibers being loosely arranged, and they are typically warmer and more insulating than other types of fabrics.
On the other hand, a worsted mill specializes in producing worsted fabrics. Worsted fabrics are made from longer wool fibers that have been combed and aligned in a parallel manner to create a smooth and compact yarn. The yarn is then woven into a tightly woven fabric, resulting in a smooth and lustrous finish. Worsted fabrics are generally more durable, lighter, and suited to drape well, making them ideal for tailored clothing such as suits and trousers.
Lastly, a semi-worsted mill is a mill that blends some of the characteristics of both Woolen and Worsted mills. It produces semi-worsted fabrics and yarns, which are made from fibers that are partially carded and partially combed. The process creates a yarn that has some of the smoothness and compactness of worsted yarns but retains a slightly fuzzy texture similar to woolen fabrics. Semi-Worsted fabrics and Yarns are versatile and can be used for a wide range of garments, offering a balance between warmth, durability and comfort.
Here at Winterstrom Ranch our fiber mill is considered a Semi-Worsted fiber mill. We enjoy how our yarns take on the best of both types of processes.
We are happy to tell you that the expansion is in full swing. Moving forward as planned. A lot has been accomplished and a few things have changed.
First the changes:
In a previous live post, I shared of the addition of mini mill equipment to our full size fiber mill, I told of how the purchase of Independence wool and Mohair mill came about and all involved. At that time, I stated that Jennerifer Nimmerichter with The Sheepwalk Ranch was a silent Partner and investor. Jennifer has since decided to pull this investment and leave the silent Partnership to pursue her own endeavors. We wish her well in her own projects as she moves on independently from us.
These unexpected changes are not affecting the forward progress of the fiber mill. It is still business as usual, and we are diligently processing fiber daily.
Due to these changes many questions have come up. Especially around our fund raiser and the postponement of it. We always strive to be above board in all we do and did not feel with all the questions/confusion with the changes in progress that it would be right to continue with the event until a later time. I have been actively trying to get the list of people who bought tickets for the event with no success. I have been able to contact some whom I had knowledge of, and they have been understanding and supportive. If you are one that bought tickets before September 20th and have not heard from me and would like a refund, please contact me so we can take care of this.
We are Planning on having an open house in the spring for all to come and see the mill expansion and progress in place of the postponed fundraiser. Please stay tuned for the Dates.
Dawn Brown, Wayne and I are still moving forward in collaboration together towards the fiber collective we all started in July. So, keep a watch for future updates about this exciting venture that we are sure will benefit many.
Winterstrom Ranch fiber mill is continuing in the work we have been doing for almost 5 years now with the mill. We are excited about all the new services and products we are able to offer all our loyal clients. We are so thankful for all the encouragement and support we have received from so many of you.
The things that have been accomplished so far:
Processing time has picked up due to the additional equipment investment.
One side of the addition is closed in and air conditioned.
Additional Mill equipment has been moved and is operational.
A new storage unit is in place.
Classroom addition is starting.
Spring open house event is being planned.
We are still excepting sponsorships and Donations on our mill expansion page.