Indulge in the roving, batts and 2ply and 3ply skeins of worsted, sport-weight and bulky yarns in the natural colors of our sheep. Raw fleeces are also available seasonally. Gale Woods crafts wool dryer balls, wool ornament balls, decorative wool balls, felted potholders and runners, felted soap scrubbies and felted bowls all in-house with the help of our volunteers.
Other products you may find in the store include blended roving, dryer ball kits, needle felting kits, raw locks in natural colors, and batting. A variety of fiber tools from felting and needles to drop spindles and hand carders are also available at the Farm Store on a first-come, first-served basis.
Because availability of fiber products depends on the processing schedule, please call us at 763.694.2001 before you visit to see what's in stock.
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The flock of sheep at Gale Woods Farm are primarily a mix of Finnish Landrace and Corriedale breeding stock. Finnsheep genetics provide well-defined crimp and good luster. The Corriedale breed is combination of Merino and Leicester stock; they produce a heavy, thick fleece without compromising crimp or luster.
After experimenting with several breeds, we have found that this combination produces fiber that is excellent for felting and spinning. We continue to experiment with cross-breeding and select replacement ewes to develop a flock that produces high-quality fiber and healthy, fast-growing lambs for meat production.
Lambs are born in April and are raised on pasture. Our main shearing occurs in March before sending yearling lambs to market. Those with longer, staple-length fleece are also shorn in October. Raw fleeces are available for purchase at both the fall and spring shearing events.
Processing and Dyeing
The wool at Gale Woods is processed into yarns and pin-draft roving in natural colors at a southeastern Minnesota fiber mill.