Maid Fiber Farm
Herbal Maid Fiber Farm is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, where we have been raising fiber goats, sheep and rabbits since 1985. The pride of our farm are our colored angoras, and we offer both livestock adn fleeces for sale each year.
Mohair fleeces are handsheared by myself so that there are no second cuts. The fleece is skirted, vegetation is removed, then it is washed, then picked over again for foreign matter. Some fleeces with particularly lovely locks will be left in lock form, but others are picked out completely and ready to spin. Some white mohair fleeces are rainbow dyed just for fun. We sell raw mohair fleece by special prior request only (and with a small discount).
Our rabbits provide a plucked angora bunny wool in assorted colors which is sold by the ounce. Bunny wool blends beautifully with the finer kid fleeces to make a heavenly preparation for spinning.
We have worked for years to produce a specially developed soft longwool fleece in whites, browns and silvers. We call these sheep Lusterdales. Their fleeces have been bred-for, grown and sheared with the handspinner in mind. Wool fleeces are generally sold skirted and washed, but can be obtained as a raw fleece in the spring upon request.
Our commercially spun yarns are a 50-50 blend of adult mohair and longwool (Border Leicester and Lincoln types). It is very strong and suitable for weaving (even for warp!) and comes in natural white and silver colors. This is also an excellent sock yarn.
Handspun yarns are also available in limited quantities and in assorted colors and blends. These one-of-a-kind yarns are recommended as accents in your weaving or knitting projects.
Our woven triangular shawls are made to order and are usually a blend of wool and mohair. These shawls are beautiful and highly textured, and can be of natural or dyed colors as desired. They can be completed 3 weeks from the time they are ordered and with a 50% downpayment.
Our latest addition is a luxurious rug with the look of a pelt which is made of adult mohair locks.
Goatsmilk soap is another product from the farm (we also raise dairy goats) and comes in plain unscented, and assorted herbal scents.
My book Colored Angora! is the only book on the market dedicated to the subject of breeding for colored angora goats. It has three color pages and numerous drawings by artist and fellow breeder, Dell Watkins. Only a few copies of this first, home-published edition remain. Plans are in the works for a second edition in the year 2000.
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