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Custom Processing

 Custom Processing Options at Bartlettyarns                

At Bartlettyarns we offer several options for "custom processing" of your fiber.  Please find our different options below and should you have any questions, please feel free to either email us or contact us at the office.

Option #1– Out-Right Purchase

Customer brings in fleece and wants to sell it directly to Bartlettyarns.  The customer receives monetary payment in the form of a check issued by us only after the total greased weight minus packaging materials is determined by Bartlettyarns warehouse staff.

Option #2– Bartlettyarns Traditional Custom Processing

There are no minimums for traditional custom processing.   The greased wool is brought to Bartlettyarns and is weighed in, less packaging materials by the Bartlettyarns warehouse staff.  Receipt is forwarded to the office of the total greased weight available.  The office staff determines the total pounds using the following method:


Total Greased Weight (Less greased weight for blankets, sweaters or other finished goods)= Net Greased Weight

Net Greased Weight x .45 = Total Pounds of Finished Yarn or Roving

Blankets, sweaters, hats, etc require greased wool and processing fee.

Finished Yarn price is broken down by 3 categories based on quantity.

Roving has a standard per pound cost across all 3 categories of pricing.



100 # Total Greased Weight

(30 #) For Blanket

= 70# Net Greased Weight

70# Net Greased Weight

x .45 = 31.5 # Finished Yarn/Roving


31.5 # falls in our Middle Price Category for Finished Yarn.  Roving price is our standard price across all 3 categories.      

Option #3– Bartlettyarns  Specialty Custom Processing-Yarn

There is a 100# clean (washed) fiber minimum per lot.     An option for customers who want their own fiber back and for fiber blend projects.  Bartlettyarns does not scour or dye fiber.  Arrangements can be made for these services.  Bartlettyarns prices are inclusive of picking, carding, spinning, plying, skeining and coning.  We DO NOT charge a set up fee. Our price is calculated on the finished yield of the yarn.  Remaining fiber left on the card is turned into round roving whenever possible and returned back to the customer.

Option #4–  Specialty Custom Processing-Roving

There is no minimum.  Fiber must be clean (washed) and not sticky.  Scouring can be arranged for an additional fee.  The price of processing fiber into roving is on the finished yield, there are no hidden or set up fees.  Roving is delivered back to customer in bulk.  We do not custom process pencil roving.   

Option #5-Even Exchange-No Money Involved

On a case by case basis, at Bartlettyarns discretion  and after inspecting the wool, we may opt to exchange wool for finished yarn/roving.  The ratio is 40:1, which means for every 40 pounds of greased wool, one pound of finished yarn or roving can be obtained.  

Option #6– Traditional Custom Processing & Out-Right Purchase Hybrid

On a case by case basis, Bartlettyarns will consider a partial traditional custom processing order and purchase the remaining greased wool balance.  The greased wool total less wool used for traditional processing = remaining greased wool balance for which out right purchase is calculated.  A processing fee may still be due after this calculation.

Other Information of Interest:


*Bartlettyarns reserves the right to change its custom processing procedures or purchasing at anytime. 

*Bartlettyarns is not responsible for shipping costs to its facilities, drop off areas or for finished product back to customers.

*Greased wool price is derived using the current national  greasy wool market price.        

Bartlettyarns reserves the right to retain a deposit before any specialty custom work is started.  Specialty  custom processing yarn and roving orders must be picked up within 30 days of notification of completeness.  Orders not picked up during this time frame are subject to finance charges and storage fees.  After 90 days, product becomes the property of Bartlettyarns and they will dispose of it as necessary.  All orders shall be paid in full before being released. 


Please Note: Orders not paid and picked up within 30 days of being invoiced will be subject to $15/month storage fee and applicable finance charges.  After 60 days from date of invoice we will break down the order.

Finished Yield prices are determined at the time the sales order is placed.  Each subsequent sales order placed is independent of the previous and reverts back to custom processing finished yield quantity prices.

Maine State Sales Tax will be applied if we DO NOT have a resale certificate on file for you.  This applies to ALL customers.

Custom Processing - Shipping Instructions:

We inspect incoming wool shipments carefully. IN the interest of cost efficiency, we will likely process your wool along with smaller lots of similar wools from other growers. We do our best to mix your fleece with other lots of the same general type and quality. If you have more than 100 pounds of washed wool, please call us about how wool for roving-it can either be washed or unwashed - additional fees will apply if unwashed.


To prepare your fleece for shipment to us, Bartlettyarns ask that you skirt your fleece to a reasonable degree. In your interest, we refuse wool that is contaminated with hard clumps of manure tags; has excess dirt; chaff or wood shavings; or contains cockleburs or burdock of any kind. We do not accept wool that contains binder twine or plastic thread from feed bags. Do NOT send wool that has been painted for identification purposes; the paint does not fully dissolve in our special scouring process. Do not tie fleeces, even with paper twine; we charge extra to unty-ing fleeces. We refuse wool that is wet, has mildew, is infested with insects or insect eggs or that smells of mothballs. ( Insect sacks are about the size of dried rice grains, and appear singly or in clusters.)

Pack your wool so it can "breathe". Use burlap bags, ideally, or clean containers such as cardboard boxes, or grain bags that are not frayed. Don't smother your wool in tightly closed plastic bags because it may start to rot or "compost". Check with your shipper for local regu-lations about dimensions of shipping containers that they will handle for you. Secure your shipping containers with string or tape rather than with staples or wire.

Put your name and address on all sides, inside and outside of every container, telling us how many containers are in the shipment. Pre-pay all shipping charges because we do not accept collect shipments or C.O.D.'s. Please number containers consecutively - for example: "1 of 5", 2 of 5"…"5 of 5".

Check with us beforehand if you have fleece over five inches in length from breeds like Lincoln, Cotswold, Boarder Leicester or Scottish Highland Blackface.

If you send us washed wool to be carded into your own roving, be sure that you fleece is free enough of grease so that it does not feel sticky. Wash your fleece carefully and without agitating it, to avoid matting or felting fibers.

Custom Processing - Order Instructions:

Send your processing instructions separately by first class mail to the "PO Box 36" address. Ship all wool to the "20 Water Street" address. Use our order blank or letter. Tell us the approximate net weight of your shipment, the number of containers, and the name of your shipper. Make certain all correspondence is in one name only. If we receive wool in your name and the order in your fame name or business name, it can be confusing and delay your order. We cannot drop ship or collect payment from a third party; all of the transactions must be handled by one person. Do not plan to leave your wool with us for more than two months without giving us your processing instructions.

We fill orders in sequence by date. We do not start processing an order until both your order instructions and wool has been received by us, and your order is clearly understood.

We will notify you when your order is ready for shipment by sending our invoice. Upon receipt of payment in full, we will ship your order. Please contact us if you cannot pay promptly. Under NO circumstances will an order be sent without payment. Also, please try not to ask us to change your order once placed. Bartlettyarns puts up orders in stages as the yarn becomes available from our mill; we can not easily unpack the complete orders.

We accept Master Card/Visa/Discover. Incidental charges are billed separately and are due on receipt. We ship F.O.B. Harmony, ME by USPS and UPS. No minimum orders, prices are on a per order basis. Customers may pool orders for lower price brackets. Pooled orders must be handled by one party and shipped to one address only. We may impose a service charge for cancelled orders or if special work has been done for you. If you are not satisfied, we must hear from you within 30 days. We do not accept returns without prior authorization. Coned yarns must be ordered in one pound cones, we may adjust orders accordingly. A 10% or $10.00 minimum may be imposed on returns that are not our fault.

If you bring wool in person to Harmony, please plan to arrive by 2 pm to have it weighed in on the same day. We are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm, except holidays. Phone ahead if you are delayed or are in doubt about our business hours. If you arrive before 11 am, we can sometime arrange for a mill tour. Call Lindsey ahead of time for school and group tours! Harmony is on Route 150 between Skowhegan and Guilford, ME. Our historic mill is located just south of the Village, on the west side of Higgins Stream, at 20 Water Street. All tours are free!


Fiber from the following breeds and crossbreds from these breeds are not suitable for Bartlettyarns:


*Barbados Blackbelly 

*American Blackbelly




*Royal White Sheep

*St. Croix