You may recognize the word but be unfamiliar with how it’s actually obtained, but be warned: As with all animal-derived textiles, the production of mohair garments involves suffering and slaughter. She is the author of three books and over 300 articles about knitting on The Spruce Crafts. What is this "ultimate" stuffing tool tho? I just looked at your link.... do you have a pomeranian? Mohair is very warm while remaining light weight and is a great insulator. i have only bought a little bit of mohair, mostly because I am just starting out and am afraid to buy something and have it be "junk" I dont want to spend an arm and a leg and not be happy. A sweater comb is a specialized metal comb that has a sharp edge that removes wispy threads with careful swiping.Â Place the comb at a light angle and gently pull it across the knit to slice off the strays. Mohair fabric is a classic, centuries-old textile that is durable, resilient, insulating and light-weight. yes I do. Yarn sheds because there's not enough twist to hold all of the threads together. Rug shedding + what to avoid. I have only ever had poms and when I was younger, my family had an irish setter.... but big dogs scare me, like dalmations... my cousin got bit in the face by a dalmation, I'll never forget it. My sales are going gangbusters (for which I'm eternally grateful), and I really like how my bears look when they're finished (a lot, actually, usually.) Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibres, produced exclusively in Turkey This will stop the shedding problem and should be done before each wear. So, Lisa and Kim, or any other pet owners out there. He's my baby!!! Many of its characteristics are similar to wool, except that it does not have the microscopic scales that make wool itchy; so it can be used in many garment applications. Ok... have to admit that I LOVE Schulte mohair but I do buy some from Intercal too! Mohair inherently has a beautiful luster and shines when the light hits it. If you'd like to remove the stray threads, do not pull them with your hands as this can cause the knit to stretch and become uneven. What Is Mohair? I’ve never really found this to be an issue with this yarn, but will occasionally find a big ol’ floof (this being the technical term, of course) of the Kid-Silk Mohair on my jeans or coat. Warm. That, actually, was one of the worst mohairs I've ever used, and did lots of shedding and fraying; so much so that to a total newcomer to mohair like me, it almost forced a remake of the bear. I'm all about saving money, and yes I know you bears sell for tonnes Shelli. What really sheds is the synthetic-even the Schulte synthetic....I finished cutting out the Ted menten based but completely changed around bear a little while ago and my honey got out the vacuume it was so bad, and usually he says, wait till tomarrow! The sweater is an angora/synthetic blend. It inspires me and I know I won't hate the mohair. Please don't let a questionable piece disallussion you about the Intercal company- they truly are a GREAT COMPANY----remember 90% of al my shopping is e-commerace because of how far I live from ev erything. Haha. I can say all this cuz they don't know me from EVE! In the end, I choose to go with Intercal mohairs because I find them infinitely less expensive and of a very fine quality, indeed. If there's one way to advertise that you make bears....... Louise, thanks for sharing that you have tried all kinds of mohair, and they're all about the same. So I try to only to buy German Schulte or Helmbold. It is a fingering weight yarn. Maybe a stabilizer would also help a little with the shedding mohair too ... but I'm sure it would help with issues resulting from the loose weave. BECAUSE. Start by choosing our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. New blankets tend to shed, leaving your bed and pajamas covered in lint. And with Dale (an Intercal rep) serendipitously placed as my next-table neighbor at Nevada City this last April, well before this forum even came into existence, and his heaping stacks of glorious mohair from which to choose draped all over the place, I became recommitted to the cause. He's 5lbs on the nose and a very good boy.Why do you ask? Sounded easier than shrinking to me. Plus, there are some great finishes offered here, that only Intercal has. I would buy several yards and then take that down to half yards and shrink the backing. Do you often find yourself staring at your pet, wishing if only you could make a pattern for them?? I was skeptical, but I gave it a shot, and it worked for me. Should I Learn English or Continental Ways of Knitting? If I pull on the hair, some always comes off. In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster. I can imagine being scared of them after that!!! Yarn that sheds while you're knitting can be a nuisance, and it's challenging to deal with the problem in the middle of a project. There's not a lot to do about yarn that leaves some fibers behind when you're knitting, but you can protect yourself from the mess and keep it contained. But don’t let its light weight fool you – this is one tough yarn, withstanding up to three times the rubbing of sheep wool. They buy only dogs from local breeders.) I bought a really inexpensive piece of mohair early on in my bear-making that had a very loose weave. Pull the fabric taut, and then nip the fibers as close to the knit as possible. So here I am, working with some really pretty mohair from Intercal. Countless hours searching for the rug that will tie it all together. It is all in the density and type of mohair weave. That's what I'm using right now. Mohair is therefore a highly renewable resource. I've been a loyalist from the outset. It probably also comes down to lot quality. I'm with Shelli- I love INTERCAL and they do have terrific customer service! I am very glad for your advice! Intercal has some finishes and colors that I love. Shelli - you are so fully of info! It's gorgeous; I love it. The rug sheds. Enter a deep freeze. And if you love this kind of worn and vintage look, you'll see how great it can be to "find" a mohair that pulls out easily. The shed must be thoroughly equipped with the skirting table and then to the Mohair classer and into the bins. Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibers in use. If there's one category of fashion that everyone will undoubtedly have in their wardrobes right now, it's knitwear—more specifically speaking, sweaters.Whether it's a soft cashmere crewneck or a chunky oversized cardigan, sweaters have a way of not only being ultra-cozy but also chic as heck.That said, nothing ruins the moment of wearing a good sweater as much as when it starts to shed. Angora is a type of delicate wool that comes from the angora rabbit. Silk-like. Usually, hand washing in a gentle detergent, and drying the piece with theÂ air-dry setting of your dryerÂ for around 10 or 15 minutes will work. and call my bear friends here Schulte Snobs. Similar to wool in many ways, mohair can be knit or woven to make sweaters or mixed with wool fibers to create beautiful, lofty fabrics. Fuzzy yarns like mohair can also cause a poor shed. I would dye the different half yards in boiling water so I had different colors to work with so that all the bears did not look alike. I don't think I was any help for you!Donna. I adore you, you flaxen-haired goddess you; Johnna helped me, via telephone, by HAND-SELECTING the mohairs on my behalf, from my descriptions, that I used for my Golden Teddy piece, CHAUNCEY!). (It's not one of those yucky one that buys from puppy mills. Mohair is taken from angora goats. sounds like my hubby... he tells me on occasion that i have "diarhea of the mouth" a.k.a. of it. We completely understand your hesitance to throw it in the washing machine and hope for the best! Only the 100% alpaca yarn felt. It's a common problem with chenille and similarly produced yarns, which have a pile (raised, hair-like fibers) worked around a core yarn. So I'm on a roll here, and wanted to show you some pictures of what I find to be wonderful, wonderful bears, all of which have a very scrappy look (on purpose.) It is a 70% mohair, 30% silk blend that comes about 50 yards to a ball. LMAO. Took me 10 months of visiting breeders and trying not to take home any puppies when I decided on a pom. Do I buy mohair elsewhere? That, actually, was one of the worst mohairs I've ever used, and did lots of shedding and fraying; so much so that to a total newcomer to mohair like me, it almost forced a remake of the bear. They ARE just so adorable looking! Not Intercal's talking head. Love those little critters Shelli!!! I don't have a pom ... but I do have a funny story about them. I'm saying it because I believe it to be true. Cellulose fiber: These fibers are from plants and include cotton and linen. both companies, Schulte and Hembold have varying degrees of quality ad it all depends on the use you intend for it. Always keep a note of which row you are on. By the middle of the day, the scoop neck showing above the … I've worked at many a pet store and knew I didn't want one from there. For artists and collectors sponsored by Intercal...your mohair supplier and Johnna's Mohair Store, Hello,I have to start off by saying that I have never bought schultz mohair before, and I know it's the best, but I don't sell my bears yet so I can't justify buying some. Get DIY project ideas and easy-to-follow crafts to help you spruce up your space. LOL. You might want to put the project in a zip-top pillowcase while it's in the dryer to contain the shed fibers. I use almost exclusively Intercal mohair and find that, like with any product, there are quality variations. Isn't it bad enough that I have to occassionally pluck my own nose hairs...now I have to consider what kind of mohair to buy just in case I decide to pluck the nose hairs of my bears...oh my!!! Does alpaca yarn felt? You can do a search for Ultimate Stuffing Tool if you want to see what Shelli was talking about.Donna, Teddy Talk: Creating, Collecting, Connecting. To keep your mohair sweater or scarf fluffy and clean without ruining it, learn how to wash mohair the right way. Thanks guys for your imput. I've never tried it. You can also keep your vacuum nearby, so a quick sweep is convenient during or after you've finished your knitting session. It's frustrating when you buy a beautiful yarn for a project only to find that it sheds either while you're knitting or when you wear or use the item. So I end up with... why look elsewhere? Mohair is produced from the hair of the Angora Goat. I can see a picture of a bear made from that material. LMOA Deb that was funny! I have been told that the English mohair doesn't have as strong a backing (tight weave) as the German mohair. Angoras therefore need access to shelter all year round. Thoughts? I have tried Sculte, Helmbold and others and frankly there is very little difference in the quality. Mohair does not contain lanolin as sheep's wool does, so angora goats are not as waterproof as sheep. If you want/like a dense, lush mohair feel and finish, you'll hate these little rubbed and scraped baldies -- with whom very sparse, sloppy mohair is the ideal choice. And sheds. And I don't think those things are supplier-specific. - i am talking too much! To each his own, right? One of my favorites is the old standby "S" finish, and I also love the Heirloom finish. No matter WHICH SUPPLIER it comes from. All of your comments have been interesting to me since I am only just going through this now...hugs sarah. I worked with a pretty light blue green color and it was definitely a soft yarn to work with. !Heather, Hi Deb,You ask what the Ultimate Stuffing tool was. To how well the presses were working on the day the mohair was distressed or finished. I have a chihuahua/pug mix, a chihuahua, and a dachshund mix. For this reason, you should consider both the fabric blend and the color of your sofa. He's a great dog. Certainly, this experience wouldn't keep me from buying from Beary Cheap in the future, were it closer and less expensive to ship from them.