Sorting, Grading,Classing, (SGC) is an exciting new collaboration of fiber experts. The goal is to standardize sorting and grading across the country to further the natural fiber textile industry in the United States.
Wini Labreque of Star Weaver farm and Brian Willsey, Jody Hezoucky and Pam Ellenberger of Certified Sorted Systems have joined forces and are working with SUNY Cobleskill for a prerequisite basic fiber class/workshop. The goal for this class is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production.
Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience. Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mini-mills. Students will leave this one-day event with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so that they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill.
Our driving focus . . .
is to give support to all natural fiber producers through education and teaching standardized practices in all aspects of the fiber harvest. Saving the family farm through increased productivity and maximizing profit on fiber is a direct by-product of sorting. This is the first step in Quality Control for the cottage commercial industries.
Sorting creates a more uniform raw fiber. This increases the longevity, wearability, and overall yield of the final project.
The Certified Sorted System® not only sorts fiber, it provides the owner with a wealth of information to improve many areas of the farm operation.
Once sorted, your fiber is ready to go into production. Nothing else needs to occur. It is in the best form possible. A Certified Sorter has the knowledge to offer suggestions for processing avenues to meet your needs and goals.