I had a customer bring me some Newfoundland dog fiber in white.  I didn’t know much about the breed so here is my quick and dirty lowdown about “newfies.”

Newfoundlands are working dogs. They have a variety of colors and  can be black, brown, gray, or black and white (Landseer). They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen. They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities. With all these qualities I can see why someone would want a “newfie.”


Newfie beside his shed coat …..OH the fiber!!!!!!

I wanted to share my experience in working with this unusual fiber. My customer wanted me process and spin the fiber to create a hat. We decided to blend the fiber in a 50-50 percentage with wool and to leave it undyed. When I first had the fiber delivered it was kinda well icky and dirty. I forgot to take a before washing pic. I will tell you this dog loved to roll outside :)

So it got a good wash!!!!


My kitchen did smell like wet dog afterward …. but who could resist this face….


newfie pup



Information and Pictures from Wikipedia.

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2 Comments on Oh the Fiber – Nautical Newfoundland

  1. Hazel Blumberg-McKee says:

    I can’t wait to find out what happened next! Like, how did you get rid of the doggie smell?

    Have you ever spun cat hair? I have a Persian cat whom I have clipped whenever he starts to grow out his hair. He’s a beautiful peachy color. Can I spin his hair, or is the staple too short?


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