Last fall I was invited to take family portraits for my friend Michelle and her family. I was able to talk her into a couple of portraits of herself that she could use for her business which I am super excited to introduce you to.
Michelle owns Furever Keepsakes. She takes the fur brushings from pets (dogs, cats, and rabbits) and spins them into yarn just like people do with wool. From there, she can make keepsakes and clothing from this yarn. I've seen her make gloves, toques, teddy bears, hearts, dream catchers and more.
Yarn spun from dog fur is called Chiengora which is known as a luxury fibre and can be up to 80% warmer than wool. Once the yarn gets washed, it will no longer smell like stinky dog if that is your worry. Even if it gets wet after the fact, it will not smell like dog but you will certainly know that the yarn came from something you loved dearly. Should you wish to have the yarn continue to smell like your dog, you can request it to be unwashed. Sometimes the fur will be too fine or short and will need to be added to another fibre to give it the strength you will need but will not take away from the memory you hold so tight.
What was Michelle's inspiration for Furever Keepsakes? Her beloved dog, Keno was. He was a Great Pyrenees with beautiful thick, white fur. Keno has since passed but not before Michelle was able to collect an ample amount of fur. Shortly after that Michelle went on a quest to learn to spin. Being a Veterinary Technician, Michelle has been able to see first hand the bond owners have with their pets and how hard it can be to lose them. Letting them hold onto a beautiful keepsake that was a physical part of their pet can bring an enormous amount comfort.
From the proceeds of Michelle's business she is also able to donate a portion to local charities that include: Tails of Help, Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force and Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).
I have started to collect my Bernese Mountain Dogs fur and I am very excited to pass it onto Michelle to see what she can make with it. Once you think about it, it's the perfect time of year to collect that shedding coat. What else are you going to use the fur for? Might as well make use of it. Am I right?
Should you wish to have your own keepsake or just simply have the fur spun so you can create your own keepsake, please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check out her fabulous creations at www.fureverkeepsakes.net. Gift cards are also available for purchase if you know someone who would love this experience.
I'm looking forward to my experience. I just wish I had this opportunity with my past pets. It would be nice to have something that i know came from them.