I have been teaching Apparel and Textiles here at Montana State University for the first time this winter. We have made it through the cellulosic fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, jute, hemp) and have moved onto the protein ones....wool, silk.
A friend has a wool mill 13 miles north of town. So on the last class day before Spring Break we did a field trip. We toured the mill...washing the fleece, the new Picker, the carding machine, the spinning of the roving and natural dyeing of the yarns. The view here is east the Bridger Mountains. I see these same mountains from the cutting table at my store in Bozeman.
Yarns from 13 Mile Lamb and Wool Company.
We also got to see some 1 hour old twin lambs....the very first step in the process of fiber to fabric!