You can also keep your vacuum nearby, so a quick sweep is convenient during or after you've finished your knitting session. Warm. that is sad! Is this bec. And sheds. Donna, I promise, I'll stop tuggin on the mohair LOL You should see me, I work in a professional office, with my teddy parts on my desk and a black shirt full of mohair. We don't have to worry too much longer about Norton since it is almost all gone now. 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. It inspires me and I know I won't hate the mohair. Alpaca Fiber Compared to Angora, Mohair, or Silk. And I don't think those things are supplier-specific. Tiny thread scissors work well to get an accurate cut without snipping into the actual stitches and creating a hole.Â. 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. Do alpaca yarn clothes provoke allergies? I hate to think of my bear being bald in a few years, or a few decades. A lint roller, brush, or packing tape can also be used to remove fibers from your clothing or couch. The sweater is an angora/synthetic blend. 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. (It's not one of those yucky one that buys from puppy mills. 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. I've worked at many a pet store and knew I didn't want one from there. Mohair is therefore a highly renewable resource. Mohair fiber holds dye extremely well, so it is a great way to add color to a garment or home item. Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibres, produced exclusively in Turkey 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. But it's been my experience, using both Intercal AND Edinburgh (Schulte) and Beary Cheap mohairs, that the shedding/fraying factor depends on lots of things, from which finish and density you're getting, to which pile length. Ah, mohair. ), PS Kim, I'm for sure full of SOMETHING. You may have a loose weave on the backing that allows you to pull the mohair out. 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. 4.7 (93.33%) 3 votes This marvel of warmth and softness was calling you from the other side of the shop, and you obediently followed its call, knowing immediately that resistance was futile. sounds like my hubby... he tells me on occasion that i have "diarhea of the mouth" a.k.a. Countless hours searching for the rug that will tie it all together. Sarah is a freelance writer, editor, and crafter. Idon't have any trouble with mohair shedding, unless I get too enthusiastic with the brush. OR ... could have used a lightweight fabric and applied with spray adhesive or good ol' Stich Witchery. I wouldn't even know where to start looking for the Schultz mohair. It's nice to see that it isn't the cost of the supplies but the artists vision that makes the bear desirable. I used it, but thought after the fact that maybe i should have tried cutting the pattern again of fusible interfacing and adding that to the back to stabilize the fabric just a little. I'm all about saving money, and yes I know you bears sell for tonnes Shelli. I've never tried it. By weaving in a different manner sometimes a good shed can be created. For kid mohair, 3 inches is an acceptable length, 4 to 5 inches is excellent. 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! - i am talking too much! So I try to only to buy German Schulte or Helmbold. Knitting with a very fine hairy yarn like mohair can be a little tricky, but we’ve got 5 top tips to make knitting with them easy and most importantly, fun! Angora fiber is shorn or plucked from Angora rabbits. Or do they all do that. Or i guess, would it stop shedding after a while? 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. 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.  The Angora goat is thought to originate from the mountains of Tibet, reaching Turkey in the 16th century.However, fabric made of mohair was known in England as early as the 8th century. Yes, Schulte does tend to have a tighter back...on the other hand if you are wanting to pluck out the nose hairs it is a llot harder on Hembold... Maybe you just got a bad piece? Start by choosing our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Very well, indeed! How to Get a New Blanket to Stop Shedding. Pull the fabric taut, and then nip the fibers as close to the knit as possible. It also takes dye remarkably well, making it a great choice for vibrant colours. Ok... have to admit that I LOVE Schulte mohair but I do buy some from Intercal too! !I've always loved poms as well, and when I 1st moved out on my own, I started the dog hunt. Just ask my husband! I have heard if you put the item in a freezer for a few (3, I think) hours it cuts down on the shedding. Mohair is one of the most versatile textile fibers. No matter WHICH SUPPLIER it comes from. That's great! One of my favorites is the old standby "S" finish, and I also love the Heirloom finish. So, Lisa and Kim, or any other pet owners out there. That's what I'm using right now. How does this yarn wear? But when you get it home, there’s a problem. And I'm in love with the 's' finsih. They say this helps lock in the fibers, and you only need to do it once for ongoing, shed-free wear. If I pull on the hair, some always comes off. Mohair isn’t prone to pilling, but it can shed quite a lot. Mohair fabric is a classic, centuries-old textile that is durable, resilient, insulating and light-weight. Have done this but I haven't worn the cardi yet. And by the end of the day it is literally up my nose, making my nose itchy and sneezy! The word mohair is derived from the Arabic mukhayyar (“goat’s hair fabric”), which became mockaire in medieval times. If you intend to wear an angora sweater the next day, fold it neatly in a zippered plastic bag and place it in the freezer. But don’t let its light weight fool you – this is one tough yarn, withstanding up to three times the rubbing of sheep wool. LOL. Still, shedding can happen with other types as well, particularly with fuzzy yarns like angora, mohair, and alpaca. I think they boil down to what happens, in the factory/manufacturing process, before the mohair ever gets to the shops. (My Google search got me nowhere.) These hairs have to be removed from any classification in order to get a good fiber product. it's a cheaper mohair? 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. And its production does not release toxins of any kind into the environment. While there's not a lot you can do to completely stop this shedding, you can control it … The fiber is very slippery and the textile industry often takes advantage of this property by blending angora with wool to make spinning easier and to reduce production costs. Once you complete your knitting, the best way to combat shedding yarn is to wash the project (if it's a washable yarn). Mohair is lightweight and also non-flammable unless exposed to an open flame, which has resulted in it being used in some airline upholstery. Just can't seem to get enough of those cute fuzzy things!! Mohair does not contain lanolin as sheep's wool does, so angora goats are not as waterproof as sheep. Usually, this initial washing will help reduce the amount of shedding, if not eliminating the issue.Â, Knits that shed are also likely to pill. LMAO. 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. Mohair wool, unlike synthetic textiles, does not contain any hormone-disrupting, organ-damaging, or carcinogenic chemical. Just depends on what you're after. 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. I like to have variety of styles and colors. So why pay more on a routine basis for something else? I was skeptical, but I gave it a shot, and it worked for me. I to have started buying from intercal and I think it just depends on the density of the mohair. And Shelli, you are great! I've sent it back in hopes of replacement...still waiting for it to arrive! Thanks guys for your imput. Mohair is produced from the hair of the Angora Goat. :D:D. Whew, I'm relieved. Fuzzy yarns like mohair can also cause a poor shed. So, this is just Shelli's push to keep an open mind, and remember that there are ten thousand varieties of mohair (and for once, I'm not exaggerating!) You might want to put the project in a zip-top pillowcase while it's in the dryer to contain the shed fibers. I don't have a pom ... but I do have a funny story about them. 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. Mohair Aerato The new open lightweight construction recently developed in the woolen carded system to result in light airy, drapery fabrics for sportswear. I figure this: Using Intercal mohair, I get a great look to my bears, for a great price, with REALLY GREAT customer service (hi Johnna! 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. Soft Garments. 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. And for my very first mohair bears, I bought mohair (actually my mom did, for me) from Beary Cheap. In fact, it didn’t shed a lot so as far as fuzzy yarns go, it wasn’t really that bad. Cellulose fiber: These fibers are from plants and include cotton and linen. Sounded easier than shrinking to me. I also like to see your guy's bears as an example for me to see. Haha. I don't pay close attention to whether I'm using GERMAN or ENGLISH mohair, or to which mill the pieces I ordered come from, cause, frankly, I couldn't care less. Gently glide the shaver over the knit, using a circular motion. Not that I've seen anyway.I find intercal the best to buy from, bec. It is all in the density and type of mohair weave. I can see a picture of a bear made from that material. of it. I would buy several yards and then take that down to half yards and shrink the backing. For this reason, you should consider both the fabric blend and the color of your sofa. Another option is a knit shaver, which is a battery-powered handheld machine that uses suction and a tiny rotating blade that cuts off loose fibers. Pilling happens when loose fibers begin to twist, tangle, mat, or form little balls on top of the sweater. They buy only dogs from local breeders.) Picking them out is often done by hand because, though machines can de-hair fleece, mohair fiber is often too fine for the machine. To get a better shed the weaver can lift the harnesses while the reed is against the fabric, or raise only one harness at a time. 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. I worked with a pretty light blue green color and it was definitely a soft yarn to work with. While the combination of a white knitted angora top may look great with black jeans at the start of the day, it can look slightly less so at the end. Always keep a note of which row you are on. I don't think I was any help for you!Donna. :lol::lol::lol: Just adding my little bit too...I buy schulte, but have also bought helmbold before too...Well my latest order of shulte contained a thick straight mohair that shed like crazy. Like sheep’s wool, it is shorn from the goat once or twice each year without harming the animal. Easy fix. It's gorgeous; I love it. And after you mentioned it... yes... the worst shedding mohair I ever had was from Haida also. So I can't give you any specifics on WHICH mohairs perform best, HOW, and WHY. I have a chihuahua/pug mix, a chihuahua, and a dachshund mix. It can also loosen the weave and create a hole or more significant issue.Â, Instead, try using scissors to trim the rogue strings. Mohair is the soft, lustrous fiber made from the hair of the angora goat. Plus, there are some great finishes offered here, that only Intercal has. All of your comments have been interesting to me since I am only just going through this now...hugs sarah. Rug shedding + what to avoid. Mohair does not have this structure so cannot be felted. 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 love it!! There is a picture and discussion about it in the Teddy Tips and Tech. It was supposedly their most popular mohair. Still, shedding can happen with other types as well, particularly with fuzzy yarns like angora, mohair, and alpaca. 100% alpaca items are anti-allergic. I want to add the very important point, in order to retain some credibility here, that I am not paid to be a Help Advisor here, and am not such an arse-kisser that I'm saying this stuff to please the big cheesy ones at the top of this particular business heap. I'm saying it because I believe it to be true. yes I do. I can buy my eye supplies and disk supplies here to boot. Mohair has the natural property of being highly resilient & therefore lends itself to shedding wrinkles, when properly fabricated. Check these out... from, in order: Lora Soling; Rita Diesling of RidiBears; Lori Ann Baker (and I'm the proud owner of this bun, but Lori made him a strawberry for me instead; I hate carrots. It probably also comes down to lot quality. Price doesn't always mean everything. So here I am, working with some really pretty mohair from Intercal. One of the drawbacks to mohair is that it is a fuzzy yarn that has a tendency to shed. It's advisable to wash them before use, but if done incorrectly, you can worsen a shedding … and call my bear friends here Schulte Snobs. I don't think they would be as cute anymore LOLThanks for any imput you may have,Heather. 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!!! I love my poms! However, when it comes to mohair production, its effect on the animals is a major concern. no-one minds if you tag him along wherever you go!!! Intercal has some finishes and colors that I love. He's a great dog. Here are some ideas from the fashionable set on how to stop an angora sweater from shedding. The stuffing might help hold the mohair in place if it is packed tightly. They aren't around any longer.... Awww. Mohair is a very soft yarn, and it produces a lightweight, warm fabric. This will stop the shedding problem and should be done before each wear. Sweaters that shed -- what to do? 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. I know I sure do. He's 5lbs on the nose and a very good boy.Why do you ask? 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. There are also some things you can try to reduce or eliminate yarn shedding and pilling in finished knit projects. 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.
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