Our Processing Services

As a custom fiber processing mill, Legacy Lane offers a full range of services including washing, picking, carding, dehairing, spinning, plying, felting and weaving. We are committed to processing your fiber in an environmentally responsible manner; offering high-quality services; minimizing turn-around time for your orders; and strictly adhering to the processing schedule, based on reservations for milling time. Our processing facility is equipped to process alpaca, wool, llama, bison, cashmere, angora and mohair. We also offer a variety of blending fibers including tencel, superwash merino, bamboo, seacell silk, hemp, and nylon. Please see our Blending Fibers page for more information.

The Milling Process:

Fiber Report Card

Our first step is to create an individualized Fiber Report Card for your fleece. This report tracks the condition and weight of the fiber through each step of the milling process. To begin, we thoroughly inspect the fleece in preparation for washing and make notes of condition and weight on the Fiber Report Card.

 

Washing & Drying

Each wash takes three hours and cleans up to 10lbs of fleece at a time. Water temperature is kept at 140 F to maximize cleaning efficiency and remove contaminants from the fleece. In an attempt to be as environmentally responsible as possible we use an all-natural, citrus based soap which is fully biodegradable. Because we operate in a small rural community, we are fortunate to be able to use natural spring water, with no chlorines or chemicals for washing your fiber. To conserve water, the washing machine operates with the aid of a recycling tank that recycles three of five washing cycles. Once washed, the fiber dries naturally under gentle fans and takes approximately 24 hours to fully dry.

 

Picking

Picking is done on the 'picker machine' which gently opens fibers. The intake belt sends fibers through separation rollers which then blows the fiber into the 'picker room'. Here the fleece is sprayed with a vegetable based conditioner to eliminate static and lubricate the fibers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiber Separator

The fiber separator is designed to remove as many guard hairs and vegetation as possible. Fibers such as llama, cashmere, buffalo and some alpaca require the fiber separator. If guard hairs are not properly removed they will cause product to be scratchy. Not all fleece requires this machine, but some fibers, such as cashmere, require several passes which can result in a higher fee. This machine is not a substitute for good sorting and skirting practices.

 

Carding

The carder is the heart of the mill. Carding combs the fibers over several drums and removes more undesirables from the fleece. Fiber that has been carded can be packaged as roving or batts, or taken to the next step in the milling process.

 

 

Drawframe

Known as the 'carder's helper', the drawframe further aligns the fibers and drafts the roving to a smaller circumference in preparation for spinning into yarn.

 

Spinning

At Legacy Lane we use an eight-spindle spinner that produces a single ply yarn which can then be plyed into various two or three ply yarns.

 

Plying

The plying machine takes single ply yarns from the spinner and twists them together into a finished yarn. After the yarn is plied, it is removed from bobbins and put onto cones where it is steamed to set the twist and loft of the yarn. Wax for weaving can also be applied to the yarn at this stage. Yarn can be shipped to you on cones or in skein form.

 

Felting

Sheets of felt can be made from processed fiber that has been carded into batt form. In this case, the batt is layered onto the felting table and soaked with hot soapy water. The top plate of the felting table is closed and agitation begins. This makes a sheet of felt which measures 3' X 4'. 

 

Insole Cutting

Sheets of felt can be cut into insoles with our insole press. From one 3'X4' sheet of felt we can produce an average of 11 pairs of large insoles or 16 pairs of small insoles at a cost of $4.75 a pair. Please see our Insoles page for more details.

 

Weaving

In 2013, Legacy Lane purchased a large AVL loom so that we can offer handweaving services to our clients. This allows us to take your yarn and turn it into beautiful handwoven products such as rugs, shawls, blankets and throws. Your slightly rougher, shorter fiber seconds can be used for weaving beautiful rugs. Please see our Weaving Services page for more details.

"As a busy alpaca farmer I appreciate having a mill that is so good at what they do. I rely on their professional services to make sure I get the maximum benefit from my fiber, and that my fiber is turned into a quality product. As skilled fiber artists, Legacy Lane produces a yarn that is lofty and well balanced. Legacy Lane Fiber Mill is a much valued resource that fiber producers can't do without."

 

Leslie Comfort,

Canadian Comfort Alpaca, Ontario

"I just wanted to let you know that I was thrilled with the yarn you spun for me from my alpaca fibre. Your intimate knowledge of fiber and textiles were most helpful in guiding me in choosing the best yarn product for each batch of fibre and I loved your blends with other exotic fibres! Your dehairing capabilities in particular turned even my coarser grades into glorious yarn with a silky handle. As a strong believer in providing only the best quality Canadian alpaca yarn to the knitting world, I am a huge fan of the dehairing process! My customers have commented on my yarn's superior quality as well, and I cannot keep it in stock! Sign me up for next year's clip!"

 

Catherine Timms,

Moore House Fine Alpacas, Ontario

To make your processing reservation please call 506-433-5604 or email us at legacyln@nb.sympatico.ca