Scoured, clean wool enters Donegal Yarns and is sorted by wool specialists Gerard and Seamus.
Gerard Gallagher – Wool Specialist
Seamus Campbell – Wool Specialist
Dye house manager, Joseph O’Donnell dyes all the various recipes creating our unique colour palette.
Joseph O’Donnell – Dye House Manager
After dyeing each unique shade is created by selecting all the dyed/ non dyed components. The blending process ensures all the colours are uniformly mixed to maintain colour consistency in shade matching. It is also an important step if mixing different fibres such as, merino and cashmere or merino and mohair etc.
Seamus Carr – Blending Specialist
Next, the blends go through carding, a process that pulls them through fine metal teeth. Wool has a natural crimp, and carding aligns the fibers in preparation for spinning.
Timmy O’Driscoll – Carding Engineer
After carding, the roving is spun by drawing out the fibres and adding a pre-determined twist forming yarn.
For certain yarns we can twist multiple ends of single yarns to achieve required weights for different applications.
Winding the yarn into hanks takes place in preparation for scouring and cleaning the wool.
Scouring involves the yarn being fed into a machine where it is continuously transported through a series of baths. The first two baths contain detergent and it is then rinsed in the last two baths, ready to be hung and dried.
Once finished spinning or twisting the yarn can be packaged into cones or made into balls or skeins depending on the customers order. After this they are ready for the warehouse and to be dispatched.