Indulge in the roving, 2ply and 3ply skeins of worsted, sport-weight and bulky yarns in our Farm Rainbow Collection colorway as well as in the natural colors of our sheep. Raw fleeces are also available seasonally. We encourage you to sign up for our Gale Woods Farm Newsletter to stay current with news, farm product selection, availability and specials, and upcoming events happening on the farm.
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 and 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. The artist hand-dyeing the Gale Woods Farm yarns is local fiber artist Wendy J. Johnson. She is using a professional dye that permanently dyes protein fibers like wool, yet is not toxic to the environment due to her dye techniques. Using this permanent dye enables the yarn to withstand washings and light fading. Since only a few pounds of yarn can be dyed at a time using a kettle method, the Farm Rainbow colorway line is truly a unique artisan yarn.
The colors of the environment around Gale Woods Farm were the inspiration for the new colorway: Summer Squash Yellow, Pumpkin Orange, Barn Red, Pansy Purple, Whaletail Lake Blue, and Pasture Green. Many hours of testing and re-dyeing went into achieving colors that perfectly match the inspiration and also blend extremely well with each other. Knitters, crocheters, and all people who enjoy good quality wool yarn in distinctive colors will enjoy this first colorway line.
A variety of felting supplies from mats to tools to molds are also available at the Farm Store on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are a variety of fiber workshops for all ages and skill levels offered at Gale Woods Farm.