Indulge in the roving, batts and two-ply and three-ply 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.
We encourage you to sign up for the Gale Woods Farm Newsletter to stay current with farm product selection, availability and specials; upcoming events; and news.
Gale Woods Farm offers a variety of fiber workshops for all ages and skill levels. Sign up for a public program or schedule a private workshop by calling 763-694-2001.
Private Workshops for Ages 7-12
Arrange a group of 6-9 children to learn the basics of wet felting, needle felting or weaving. Children will get to meet the sheep that grew the wool for the project they get to take home. Prices vary depending on which activity is chosen. All materials included.
Private Wet-Felting Workshops for Ages 12+
Arrange a group of 5-10 people and create a usable felted project with wool from Gale Woods sheep. Prices vary depending on what you make. All materials included.
|Mittens or Slippers||$65||5 hours|
|Traditional Rug||$65||4 hours|
Felted Creations II
|Holiday Stocking||$55||3 hours|
Felted Creations I
|Wet Felting Basics||$30||2 hours|
About the Sheep
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 & Dyeing
The wool at Gale Woods is processed into yarns and pin-draft roving in natural colors at a southeastern Minnesota fiber mill.