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Cairngora, yarn made from Cairn Coat

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network
is proud to present hand crafted items created from Cairngora - Homespun Cairn Terrier Hair!

Creating Cairngora

CPCRN encourages all Cairn owners to save their dogs cairn coat that is removed during grooming. Saved coat is sorted and shipped to a single location.

Cairn coat is then washed and put out on a screen in the sun to dry.

Carding the coat is done two or three times until well blended. A small amount of sheeps wool is added at this point. It aids in keeping all the very short cairn hairs together in the final yarn.

The web that comes off the carder as well as rolls of carded coat waiting to be spun. The web is torn into thin strips lengthwise to spin.

Next of course is the spinning itself.

Well, one down, more to go!
Total amount of Cairngora spun as of 6/14/04:
2750 YARDS.

The yarn after it is spun, washed and left to dry. This is the dark wheaten and the gray mix.

Once the yarn is ready, items are made from it by different CPCRN crafters.
Something Special!

March 2005
Here is a picture of my rug so far. It is made of just cairngora in the different shades and is from a photo of my girl Star and my foster Rags looking out of the window when they hear our car pull up. We added the flower box in the front, I hope you can see enough of it, it will look better once it is all finished and blocked etc.

The rug will be about 30 inches by 22. Not as big as my usual ones but I didnít want to run out of yarn or take forever to make it. I just used the regular cairngora nothing else. It is done with a continuous length of yarn that you pull through in loops from the back with a hook something like a crochet hook. My husband does the design on paper from photos and then the pattern is traced onto the fabric. I then work from his design to try to keep the likeness. I have been making rugs for about seven or eight years and use my own handspun yarn which I dye with natural dyes.

Nova Scotia and the whole of the north east is well known for rug hooking. There are several stores in my area that do nothing else from supplies, classes, finished rugs etc. They are quite expensive as they are very labour intensive. (Mine are in the $1000 range based on size etc.) Most people use woolen fabric cut into narrow strips. This is the traditional method and is done on a fine burlap mostly imported from Scotland or linen which I use as it is much stronger.

I will send another picture as soon as it is finished.

June 2005: This rug was one of the prizes in our New Leash On Life Raffle in June. It was a VERY popular item. Click here for more pictures.

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