Saturday, January 21, 2017

A "Mini-Mill" in Iceland

Icelandic sheep (ram).  Photograph by biologyfishman,
Found on Wikimedia Commons
Today, I learned that Marled Mader, whose Icelandic apron dress reconstruction I wrote about a few months ago, is involved with a crowdfunding project, started by a friend of hers, to create a "mini mill" in Iceland to make and sell yarn spun from Icelandic sheep.

The friend's name is Hulda Brynjólfsdóttir and she owns a farm in Iceland.  According to her IndieGoGo page, her objective is "to produce high quality Icelandic yarn from our own wool and the wool being produced here in the area" that is traceable to the farm from which it came. She also plans to sell wool bats for people who like to do their own spinning. Hulda is hoping that, by starting such a mill, she can make it possible for farmers to get a better price for their wool, as well as serving a growing Icelandic wool market.  A wool decorative pillow, made from fabric woven by Marled, is one of the backer perks for the project. Note that this is a "flexible funding" project, which means that Hulda will receive whatever funds backers commit, even if the project does not achieve its funding objective.  She hopes to be able to start wool production in October 2017.

Parties interested in following Hulda's progress may wish to consult the project's Facebook page, which can be found here. In addition, Hulda sells wool batts from her sheep on Etsy, here.  

If I had a real income right now, I'd back this project, since I would dearly love to be able to make Viking clothing items from Icelandic sheep wool.  If you are interested in Viking age clothing, or in hand spinning, you may want to support this project, or at least buy some wool from Hulda.


  1. Thank you so much for your support by spreading the word.

    1. Certainly! I'd love to see more Icelandic wool in the market (not that I can afford to buy any now, but sometime....)