|THE BROWN SHEEP MILL END ROVINGS
OFFERED BY THE SHEEP SHED STUDIO
Carl and Carol Lee decided to take on this
business in January of 2006. Our goal was to
get a spinning and felting fiber out to the fiber
folk as reasonably as possible. We are buying
the fiber from The Brown Sheep Company of
Mitchell, Nebraska, purchasing the fibers and
rovings that for whatever reason did not go
through their machines into the beautiful lines
of yarns that they are famous for. Know that
sometimes there can be superwash in the
mix of fibers. It is hard to recognise when
it is in a bag with other white fibers.
We hope to continue this business for many
years to come. Each load picked up at the mill
is Christmas packages all over again. We
never know what will be in the big boxes until
we start moving the fiber into the big plastic
Moving this fiber in quantity will allow us to
keep the prices low. This is marvelous fiber to
work with, we hope you will give it a try and
come back for more.
WHAT IS IN THE GRAB BAGS?
The grab bags consist of anything that does
not go into the rovings category. This might
be large pieces of carded fibers, similar to a
batt, or pieces of a batt. It might be pieces
that are cut from the machines, it might be
short pieces of rovings, or handfuls of fibers. It
might be all one color, mostly white or gray, or
it might consist of many colors. It is all clean
fiber ready to blend, card or spin like it is.
There is also a chance that some superwash
might stray into this box, bag or bin. They try
at the mill, we try when we bag at the mill and
again when we sort for sending on to you, but
it can happen. It is very difficult to tell apart.
WHAT ARE THE ROVINGS?
The rovings are pieces of fiber, maybe blended,
carded, some pin drafted fiber. We are getting
few of the long rovings in the mill ends. Many
of the colors you saw on the Mill End Page are
simply different stages of the processing of the
fibers. It begins with thick stripes, then this is
blended and blended again for the different
striping effects. Rarely these rovings may be
in one long piece for an entire pound. Some
may be in wonderful thick two foot long
pieces. Some may be in foot long pieces.
They are so easy to spin and make such lovely
yarns. They may have mohair in them. This
glistens so beautifully. On some white rovings,
a water soluble pink stripe indicates mohair. It
We try to put the superwash by itself when we
can identify it. We cannot always tell it from
the good roving. Therefore we cannot
guarantee that you will not get some in the mill
ends that you buy. It is best to test before
trying to felt it. We do not get a lot of
superwash, so it generally gets sent out only
on a special order, or a special request.
If you want to be certain you are not getting
any Superwash in an order, you will have to
order the #1 rovings. They are always wool
that has not been treated to be washable in
HOW CAN I ORDER?
You can order via Paypal or credit card via
Paypal from the Mill Ends Rovings Page. It is
set up for click and order. With this method,
your order will be sent out the day it is
received if we get it before 10 AM, Mountain
time....if at all possible. If it comes in later, it
goes out the following day.
Sometimes life gets in the way and it might
take a day or two to get it out. We do try to
post when we have to travel away from home
for any length of time.
You can order via personal check or money
order directly from us. Just use the "add to
cart" buttons and fill out the order page with
amounts and your zipcode and click on
update. Print the page and mail to us. When
we receive the check or money order we will
ship your order to you.
Checks or money orders can be mailed to:
The Sheep Shed Studio
421 Lomax, Box 731
Shipping costs start with a one pound charge,
so a small item weighing 1.75 oz will show a
cost the same as if it were one pound. If the
charges are more than $2.00 over what we
actually use, we will refund.
WE DO NOT SHIP ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY.
Our small town post office is only open for 1/2
hour on Saturday, and is not a good time to try
to mail a package.
We ship Mon-Fri. if your order is in by 10 AM,
mountain standard time.
We will refund the cost of your fiber if it has to
be returned. We do not pay the postage to
return it, nor to send you a new item.
Please email us if you have any additional
Or you can call with your questions.
Some new friends have started a group on the
Ravelry Website called
Sheep Shed Fiber Lovers
You can find many answers on this page and
see more of what folks do with all this fiber.
Check back often, we will add new pictures
and new questions and answers.
|We take the fiber from the big boxes at the
mill and fill these big bags to haul to our
home. We can haul 2000 lb +- in our pickup
and llama trailer. Storing it is a challenge.
|Carol Lee is sorting bags of fiber for Grab
Bags. It is an absolute delight to open a bag
of this fiber and play.......oops!...sort it for
shipment, or to take up to the studio for
|Carl Lee is the main order filler. He sorts
many bags each day, enjoying the feel and
delight of the fibers. He also finds those
special rovings that go into some of the rugs
|Carol Lee is the major box packer. She puts
everything she has into getting as much fiber
into the boxes as she can. Do keep this in
mind when you cut the tape on the box. It is
going to expand.
Some of these rovings are
excellent for weaving
fleecewoven rugs. To learn the
process, I have written a book
that can be found on the
website. It can be ordered via
paypal, check or money order.
|Fiber such as this, in long silky
strands is wonderful for
weaving the fleecewoven rug.
Carl took some immediately up
to our weaving studio and
started a rug. I will do a bit of
needlefelting on it and it will
then be ready for sale.
|These very fat, silky fibers are
not good for fleeceweaving, but
spread out and felted make a
beautiful soft felt, and they just
can't be beat for spinning fibers.
|LET'S TALK SHIPPING!! Q and A
The amount of fiber you buy is not what the
cost of shipping is charged on.
The weight of the box when it crosses the
post office scale, plus the price of the box,
the bags, and the tape for packaging is also
included in the shipping price.
After losing over $75.00 in shipping costs the
first two weeks in business, I hired a
company to figure the shipping costs.
Sometimes they are a bit high, and
sometimes they are a bit low....then I pay
some of the costs.
If there is enough money to ship priority, we
try to ship priority. We add insurance on
larger orders, and we add Delivery
Confirmation on all orders to be able to track
and find order that might go astray.
Shipping charges are figured on weight,
number of boxes needed for that weight,
supplies needed to ship and the zone you
live in. The side of the zone you live in can
make a difference in the price of the shipping
We do not charge you for our time, either in
packing or delivering mega boxes to the post
office five days a week.
No matter how hard we try we cannot make
everyone happy with the shipping charges.
Shipping is expensive. We hope that the
lower fiber prices can help make you happier
with the total costs of your order.
We are happy to take back any of the fibers
and yarns that you may not like or want. You
are responsible for the shipping costs to
return the item. If you are wanting to
exchange the item for something else, you
are also responsible for the shipping costs
on the replacement item.