Please Note: Prices will be increasing effective March 1 2019. All fleeces arriving at the mill prior to this date will be processed at the current (Jan 2018) prices. On March 1 onwards, new prices will be in effect.
(effective January 2018:)
|Washing (incoming weight, per kg)||$10.00||$12.00||n/a|
Notes: Washing is charged on the incoming weight (minimum 1 kg per job) and is due at drop-off. All other prices are for finished weight, inclusive of fees for all required steps and is due when complete. (E.g. Price for spinning is total fee after washing, including picking, carding and pin-drafting.) Cone winding or winding yarn to skeins is done free-of-charge.
|Picking & Carding (sliver or batt) (per kg)||$13.00||$16.00||$14.00|
|Pin Drafting (roving) (per kg)||$20.00||$25.00||$25.00|
|Core Spun Yarn (Bulky) (per kg)||$18.00||$22.00||$20.00|
|Spun (singles) (per kg)||$55.00||n/a||$60.00|
|Spun (2-3 ply lace to fingering) (per kg)||$65.00||n/a||$70.00|
|Spun (2-3 ply sport to dk) (per kg)||$61.00||n/a||$66.00|
|Spun (2-3 ply worsted & up) (per kg)||$58.00||n/a||$63.00|
All fibres must be skirted and sorted prior to arrival. If further skirting and sorting is required, Inca Dinca Do may offer to do so (time permitting) at an additional $25 per hour. Fleeces arriving with any sign of infestation will be discarded immediately. Excessive vegetable matter or cotted fleece can damage our equipment and may be refused.
Prices do not include shipping or taxes. Finished orders not paid in full and/or picked up within 90 days become the property of Inca Dinca Do.
We thank-you for choosing Inca Dinca Do!
Washing: All fibres must be cleaned prior to being processed. We will accept pre-washed fleeces, but may reserve the right to wash again at customer’s expense, if required. Depending on the fibre and its condition, you should expect a weight loss of between 30-50% during the washing process.
Picking: Picking opens up the fleece to allow for more uniform carding. Blending at this stage will result in a more homogenous blend or fibres/colors.
Carding: The carder is the heart of the mill. Carding brushes and aligns the fibres into a uniform woolen sliver or batt. Batts will average between 340g (wool) to 450g (alpaca) each. Slivers can be spun with little or no drafting required – they are like whispy roving. Short or slippery fibres may require blending with a small amount of wool to add stability.
Pin Drafting: The pin drafter combs the slivers into a more consistent, easier-to-handle roving and is an absolute must prior to our spinning service. 2 or 3 passes through the pin drafter is often required, especially when blending.
Spinning: We can spin your wool, wool blend or exotic blends into singles, 2 or 3 ply yarn, in lace to bulky weight. (Our spinner requires exotics be blended with wool.) Yards Per Pound (YPP) are approximate and are defined as:
Medium – Bulky (Worsted – Bulky): 700 – 400 ypp
Fine – Light (Sport to DK): 1100 – 1000 ypp
Lace to Super Fine (Lace to Fingering): 2000 – 1500 ypp
Core Spun Yarn: Core spun yarn consists of a cotton core wrapped tightly with the fibre of your choosing for use in rugs, pet beds, wall-hangings, etc. It is a great use of lower grades of fibre, but still requires a minimum staple length of 1 ½”. Weight is variable but averages from bulky to super-bulky.
Blending: We carry a limited inventory of forever-changing fibres, with a preference towards local fleece, but are happy to help you with your custom requests wherever possible. We are also happy to blend your own fibres at no addition cost. In order to spin some exotics, we may recommend the addition of a minimum of 10-30% wool, or a combination of wool/nylon, etc. Please contact us ahead of time to discuss the myriad of details that accompany blending. (Cost of fibre for blending varies based on availability.)
Dyeing: Inca Dinca Do does not offer custom dyeing services at this time.
Dehairing: Currently, Inca Dinca Do does not have the necessary equipment to remove guard hairs from your fleece. (Cashmere and some llama are examples of fibre that often require dehairing.)
Please note that although some vegetable matter will be eliminated during the milling process, it will NOT remove all VM. The cleaner and better picked your fleece upon arrival, the higher the quality of the finished product. To avoid disappointment & extra costs, we recommend:
- Fleeces should be SORTED and SKIRTED at the time of shearing. This involves removal of all dags, stained or unusable fibre, and sorting your fleece by staple length, grade, color. Mixing staple length and or grade may result in an itchy end-product. (Conversely, there is no reason you can’t combine fibres of similar characteristics even if they are from different animals or different colors!)
- Fleece with shorter than 1 ½” staple or longer than 6” staple may not be processable. If your fibre falls under either of these descriptions, please contact us to discuss your options.
- PICK your fleeces by hand before bringing to the mill. The more vegetable matter you can get rid of, the more likely you are to be happy with the end result. (Processing will remove only some VM.) Be especially vigilant with second cuts (created when the shearer passes over the same area more than once) – they will cause slubs and shedding in your spun yarn.
- Place your sorted, skirted, picked fleeces in large, clear plastic bags. Label the bag with date, animal and grade and if necessary, store in a dry, pest-free spot away from direct sunlight.
- Send to the mill for processing sooner rather than later – moths and carpet beetles prefer dirty fleece! (Be sure to include a mill label in EACH bag. Pack your fleeces tightly into cardboard boxes for shipping.)
We have a minimum order size of 1 kg (2.2 lbs) per job (initial weight) and guarantee the fibre you drop off is the fibre you will get back.
All orders will be confirmed upon acceptance and again upon completion. Payment in full is due upon completion with mode of delivery/pick-up as per customer request.
The mill is open for pick-up or drop-off Mon-Fri 9-4.
Mill tours last Thursday of every month! Call us to arrange group farm tours. (Did you know that as well as a herd of happy alpacas, we also grow kiwi, walnuts and hazelnuts?)