The process

  1. Carding
    Raw wool fibres are combed and aligned then pulled into individual pencil roving and wrapped onto a spool.

  2. Spinning Spinning frames are loaded with spools as centrifugal force winds the yarn tightly onto individual bobbins.

  3. Weaving
    
The fabric starts to form as yarns cross in the loom. Warm water and lubricant cleans and pre-shrinks the cloth.

  4. Cutting and sewing
    The blanket yardage is laid onto cutting tables and shaped to size before being labelled, folded and packed for shipping

Other woolly mammoths

America’s finest mills

Pendleton
Pendleton is based in Portland and its roots go back to the 1860s, when English-born weaver Thomas Kay opened one of Oregon’s first woollen mills. In addition to woollen clothing the company manufactures blankets, many in the historic patterns of the Native American tribes Pendleton sold to in its early days.
pendleton-usa.com

Woolrich
Founded in 1830 by English immigrant John Rich, Woolrich began as a humble trading 
operation selling woollen fabric, socks and yarn but has grown to be one of the world’s most important woollen brands. Today the Pennsylvania-based company is probably best known for clothing but it still produces a range of blankets, which includes the legendary Hudson’s Bay blanket.
woolrich.com

Bemidji
Another Minnesota mill, Bemidji produces heritage clothing, winter caps and blankets. Now owned by the fourth generation of the Batchelder family, Bemidji celebrates its 92nd anniversary this year.
bemidjiwoolenmills.com

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