Rosemary McCartney, guild member and hand spinning teacher of SimplySpun, showed off some lovely mitts she made from dog fur, blended with about 10% wool.
The resulting mitts are surprisingly soft! We all decided it felt a bit like a very soft kid mohair, because of the fine halo.
Tip for spinning dog hair: Use the undercoat
As described in Modern Farmer Hair of the Dog: Wear Your Best Friend “double coated” breeds of dog are best to work with because they have a soft undercoat.
Rosemary was given two kinds of fur to work with. One had been brushed out while grooming, and another was trimmed (can you shear a dog?) The fur which was groomed was much softer and finer. She chose to work with that. The sheared fur was very short, and it looked harder to work with. That would still need processing to divide the guard hairs from the undercoat.
In an article on Craftsy, Spinning Secrets: How to Spin Pet Fur Into Yarn, author Ashley Martineau recommends starting to collect the fibre while grooming. This will ensure you get the soft undercoat and less of the guard hairs.
You can also contact Rosemary if you’d like to learn handspinning so you can spin your dog hair 🙂 http://simplyspun.co.uk