Friday, June 21, 2013

Fiber Arts Friday: Tibetan Mastiff Fur

Last weekend, we had a visit with our Tibetan Mastiff breeder.

Part of the visit was to let Gunnar play with his siblings and part was to pick up some TM fiber.  Our breeder has been diligently brushing out his dogs and saving the fur for us in grocery sacks.


I should have taken a better photo, but in this large garbage bag is about seven grocery sacks of TM fiber separated by color... light gold, darker gold and black.

These Tibetan Mastiffs have an average staple length of two inches with a nice crimp.  My hope was to have this fiber as well as the large amount of black we have collected from our girls ready to begin spinning for the Tour de Fleece which starts next weekend, but I don't see that happening.  :-/

There is good news in that the Black Forest Fire I mentioned last Friday has been fully contained as of yesterday!  It will be a while before it's fully controlled but in the meantime this is a huge relief.


We have had Stellar Jay chicks learning to fly in our back yard yesterday and today. Happy First Day of Summer and Happy Fiber Arts Friday.

8 comments:

Natalie said...

What a great group of friends you have - I can't get over the variety of fibers people share with you. It's so interesting...I can't wait to see how you spin it up. Please do share.

Carol said...

So glad to hear the fire is being contained. I'm interested to see how you use that TM fiber.

Voie de Vie said...

Boy, Colorado and wildfires have definitely not been a good combo for a few years now - also glad to hear the latest has been contained.

So for TdF, whatcha gonna spin? Just cotton (and at least one day of alpaca)?

Kathryn Ray said...

Yep. Cotton and one day of alpaca for the Tour de Fleece. :-)

Vivian said...

That's a LOT of TM fiber, maybe enough for a stuffed TM?

Cathy said...

Just read your post about Gunnar's home visit, those are cute puppies! Glad to hear the fire is under control. Can't wait to see those TM fur all spun up, are you going to spin by itself or blend with something else? Has it got elasticity?

Gracey is not my name.... said...

That's a lot of fiber! and baby birds...so cute! I have three birds...loves them...

WonderWhyGal said...

Wowza! You won't need any Alpaca fiber with all of that Mastiff around ;) I've never seen that bird before.