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    Collecting Down from my Huskie for an Underquilt

    What to do with all of this down I brush out of my huskie every day... The lightbulb turned on, collect and make into an under quilt!

    I've got a couple of gallon bags jam packed full, this might take longer than I was thinking. Although after his bath this week I did get around 4 gallon ziplocks full and it keeps coming off afterwards, so I might be on track?

    I did a test run lining up the bags in-between my double hammock and sure enough, super warm there. Now I need to figure out how much to use in it.

    I'll get some pics uploaded once I start sewing it up.

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    I'm thinking that I might repackage into quart ziplocks to help keep the down in place while I'm sewing it up. Any thoughts?

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    Interesting. One spinner in our fiber arts guild collected hair from a large, long-haired dog, combed and spun it, then knitted a picture frame with it for the dogís owner.

    Iíve also heard of people collecting wool and alpaca fibers that were not suitable for spinning and then using them as building insulation.

    I never thought about using dog hair to replace down in a quilt. It is not flammable, so that is good. However it does still smell like a wet dog any time it gets wet.

    I wonder how its insulative properties hold up in wet weather. Dogs donít produce lanolin like sheep or oils like ducks and geese. Those help the fibers repel water. But those do eventually wash off. Then there is down wash and lanolin that can be used to restore water repellant properties.

    I would be interested in hearing how this works for you.

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    Too funny! Can't wait to see how this turns out. I remember my Aussie producing giant tumbleweeds of fur blowing down the street. Would have probably worked out.

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    I wonder what the weight would be...

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    Check out http://www.chiengorafibers.com/ for some other husky-hair options. After four huskies and a malamute, we had bags of the stuff, too.

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    My Borgi does not shed, he blows hair.

    And would obviously be considered the Eiderdown of dog hairs
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    There was someone here a while back who was collecting milkweed fluff to use as a down substitute....don't know if he ever came back to say if he finished or how it went.

    (Your bags may have not given much insulation value in your test because they were so tightly packed. It is the air between the fibers that makes it hold the heat in!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic View Post
    It is not flammable, so that is good..
    I'm not so sure about that - every hairy mammal I've seen has hair that will go up in seconds. I'd test it!

    I wonder how well it compresses and fluffs back compared to goose down - that's the real trick.

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    While I hope this works for you, I think it's gonna STINK! I would not bother, but please do report back on the results.

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