Owning wool producing animals is fun, but can you make money from home with sheep, alpaca, or other fiber animals? Yes, you can. Turn your wool fiber into cash five different ways.
#1. Sell your raw wool. With good marketing strategies, your clean, carded, and maybe even dyed fleece will start producing money. Who would buy it? Felters and spinners. Make sure your fiber is in perfect condition with no vegetable matter. Build a good reputation for offering excellent fleece and those crafters will be faithful return customers clammoring for your animals’ fiber.
#2. Offer handmade products from your wool. Learn to spin and make specialty yarns to sell. Knitting with wool yarn and felting the project is very popular today. You can capitalize on this trend with your animal fleece. Sell your yarn and give away an easy free handbag pattern with felting instructions for knitters to try their first felting project with the yarn.
Lean to knit and crochet. You can make handmade sweaters, vests, hats, scarfs, etc. Find a niche market and sell your handmade items to people who would truly enjoy owning them.
Become versed in felting. Try wet felting and dry felting both. You can wet felt purses, vests, slippers, mittens, and more. Dry felting offers you the ability to make three dimensional sculptures and wallhangings.
#3. Master spinning, crocheting, knitting, or felting and then sell your knowledge on the subject. Become an expert in anyone of the above mentioned crafts and people will pay to learn what you know.
Teach a class or write an e-book. With video cameras and computer prices becoming more affordable, you can easily produce your own teaching video on any of the fiber arts mentioned. Market your video to crafters wanting to learn a new hobby. Information products are a big seller on the internet. People want to learn new skills and you just may have the expertness they are looking for.
#4. Sell supplies to crafters who use wool. Knitting needles and crochet hooks, felting needles, books, and other various supplies needed for the wool crafts can be sold in conjunction with your fleece.
#5. Kits are popular with the do-it-yourselfers. Make up a kit from your wool fiber. Instructions, wool, and felting needles are all that you need in a kit to get someone started on needle felting. Your specialty yarn, your own unique pattern, and crochet hooks could be another kit. Use your imagination and research what is selling. You’ll be able to find a kit to make up that people will buy.
Now didn’t your wool producing animals just become more fun to own? You now know five ways you can make money from home with your fleece. With some marketing effort and persistence, you can make a home business from animal fiber.