Welcome to Wild Rivers Wool

Located in the remote area of Wild Rivers Coast in southwest Oregon, Wild Rivers Wool Factory  was started in 2005 by two local women with a dream, desire and a vision of creating jobs, increasing cash flow in the community, while promoting the sheep and wool industry in the United States and creating an experience for the artist, crafter, hobbiest and traveler.

With the help and support of their community and families, a long held dream was brought to reality.   The Factory Outlet Store opened Memorial Day, 2008, and has been supplying quality natural fiber goods and services for over 8 years.  The Outlet Store features all locally grown fibers, representing over 20 different sheep breeds, local alpaca, llama, mohair & pygora goat, and angora bunny.  All our finished goods are made locally by more than 50 artists, artisans and hard working master craftsmen.

Wild Rivers Wool Factory offers classes, workshops, demonstrations, apprenticeships, scholarships, and most of all, an enthusiasm for EVERYTHING WOOL.

When you choose to support Wild Rivers Wool Factory, you choose to support a community.

WOOL WASHING

So there's your raw fiber, slumping in its container, possibly glaring at you malevolently, daring you to try to scour it.  Dump it out onto clean concrete or an old sheet.  If alpaca/llama:  separate it into a thin layer, pick out the obvious big stuff, remove handfuls of the very badly contaminated stuff.  Fluff it up, while holding your breath.  Return to container.  If adult wool:  unroll the fleece and place it tip upward, sheared side (butt) side down, arrange in a shape the way the sheep grew it.  It should be shaped like an animal hide.

OUTLET STORE CLOSING!

It's been a wonderful 10 years, but I've had my lease (amicably) terminated on this fine old building.  Our closure date is Labor Day, 2018, in 2 1/2 months.  We opened on Memorial Day weekend, I think it's only poetically fitting that we close on Labor Day weekend.  I plan on having a huge blowout sale, everything goes including furniture, fixtures, supplies, tools and some equipment.

Silk-Merino Hand Painted Roving

$8.00

The lustrous, shiny 30% silk and the kitten soft 70% 19 micron merino wool in this roving is intertangled, not well blended.  Because of that, it picks up fully saturated colors and reflects vivid hues back to you.  It's perfect for felting projects, spins into gorgeous unique yarn, and is a serious decorative statement just coiled into a basket.  The photos don't do it justice.  The roving is soft as a butterly's kiss and twice as brilliant as tropical bird plumage.  Each one ounce piece of the roving is meticulously hand painted, one  at a time, in 16 differ

Price: $8.00

Classes

Our classes are scheduled on an as needed basis, including private handspinning.  Just call or e mail us and request the class you want, with time and day preferences.  All classes are $35 and include all equipment and materials.  All classes except handspinning are 2 hours long.

KNITTING/CROCHET:

Happy Birthday, USA!

We had our usual 4th of July, with the shop open 7 days a week, we don't do much.  I did sneak off to a barbecue and chatted with people about the upcoming An Tyr War just south of us.  It's a Society for Creative Anachronism event held yearling, with jousting, sword fighting, archery contests, and lots of cool stuff to purchase.  Cindy and I got into our Renaissance costumes and wandered down there a year or two ago, had a good time.  What we like best is that all those folks traveling home on Sunday stop in our shop to stock up on wool goodies.  I was very proud

June Gloom

"Better Late Than Never" has been our family motto for many years.  It is however a lousy way to run a blog.  Apologies to anyone out there reading this stuff.  June came in warm and sunny, but just about the time I wanted to shear my sheep, the June Gloom hit, with just enough rain that nobody could mow a lawn, or shear a sheep.  I caught my shearer, Wendy, just as the sun was breaking through the clouds one morning, and two days later we did the dirty deed.  She had some trouble with her equipment, her favorite shearing tool had broken, she was waiting for parts,

April Showers Bring ????

Ok, yes, although I know it's now April, the March winds are finally here with a vengeance.  And it's the usual mix:  torrential rain driven sideways by the gusts of wind.  We keep our sense of humor by watching the free ranging hens, as they turn tail to the wind and are blown inside out like an old umbrella.  It never ceases to amuse.  Not so amusing is our current dilemma with our rural water system, and our (if I can be so indelicate as to mention it) septic line.  It seems the well and the septic must have heard us talking about squandering our tax return

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