Tales from a nature-loving, German Shepherd-raising, homeschooling, Waldorf-inspired, Christian family.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Bunny Wool Harvest #1
So....... we have two Angora bucks in full coat. Now what?
I am SO a kinesthetic learner. I need to have someone show me what to do! YouTube videos and books are ok, but when it comes to the art of shearing bunnies, I have no idea what I'm doing!
Luckily the Facebook universe connected me with another fiber person who was able to 'talk' me through the process. She suggested using a comb....so we began.
It ended up taking about four days (of short sessions, as to not stress anyone out), but we collected a LOT of fiber. I combed the fur and then, using a short steel rake, pulled all the dead fiber from the bunny. It was really weird, and I was afraid of hurting them, but once I got a little more aggressive the fur started to fly!
We ended up collecting a tub of good fiber from each bunny. A few days later I went back with a blunt tipped pair of scissors and cleaned up bottoms and tummies. This fiber went into a separate container-- hopefully I can use it for stuffing someday. And now, to learn the art of spinning.......at least the fiber isn't going anywhere and I can take my time!