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- Once each year, usually in the Spring, the wool on the each sheep is sheared by professional sheep shearers. Shearing does not harm the sheep, it is similar to getting a hair cut.
- Once sheared, the fleece (wool from one sheep) is placed on a skirting table, where quality imperfections in the wool are removed by hand.
- The wool is then baled and shipped to a scouring mill, where it is washed with soap. At this stage, much of the lanolin is removed and collected for further processing for cosmetics or other uses.
- After washing, the wool is re-baled and shipped to a carding mill where it is combed and placed in large rolls of batting.
- The rolls of batting is then shipped either to a felting mill or our sewing rooms, where it is used to create the Sonoma Wool Company products for you and your home!
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