Knitter makes clothes out of Samoyed dogs’ fur

Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, who creates wool from the hair Samoyed dogs including her own Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis.
Jane collects fur from her dogs’ undercoats and spins it into yarn (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS)
Jane Crewe, 57, absolutely loves her Samoyed dogs – especially their thick, white fur. She’s taken being a ‘dog person’ to the next level, though, by collecting hair from her pets, Artemis and Phaidra, and turning that fur into fluffy hats and scarves. Mum-of-four Jane, who lives in Corstohpine, Edinburgh, washes the fur, dries it over two or three days, then uses a spinning wheel to turn it into yarn.

She then turns that yarn into cosy accessories.

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In lockdown, she decided to share this joy with other people, getting fur sent from 100 Samoyed owners then sending back the yarn their way.

She is currently knitting a jumper – using single ply yarn as using double ply would be too warm to wear – and plans to make a blanket.

Jane, who works in the gift shop at Edinburgh Zoo, said: ‘It’s a little bit of magic.

‘I like the spinning but knitting takes a lot longer, I’m usually quite happy to pass it back to the owner.

‘It is quite like angora, the fluff is called “the halo”.

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Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, who creates wool from the hair Samoyed dogs including her own Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis.
Samoyed fur is super soft and warm (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS)
Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, who creates wool from the hair Samoyed dogs including her own Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis.
Jane has managed to make hats, scarves, and teddy bears using the fur (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS)
yarn made from samoyed fur
The mum now asks other Samoyed owners to send in their pets’ fur, then she sends them yarn (Picture: atielee Arrowsmith / SWNS)

‘Alpaca wool is quite like that. It is quite hardwearing.

‘You can do so much with it – using it for knitting, yarn or felt.

‘You wouldn’t be able to spin Labrador or spaniel hair as there’s no undercoat.

‘I learnt to spin a year before lockdown but wasn’t really practicing enough. I went on Facebook and asked Samoyed owners to send me fur and I got about 100 responses in a day.

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‘I knew if I wanted to get better I would need to do it every day.

Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, who creates wool from the hair Samoyed dogs including her own Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis.
Jane is currently working on a jumper (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS)

‘I’ve made all sorts of things – hats, scarves, teddies.

“It’s not just me who does it – in the 1970s in America there was a woman who would spin and sell things made from Samoyed fur in her local market. ‘Some people thought it was disgusting so she put together the French word for dog, “chien” and “gora” from Angora, and called it “chiengora”.
Jane Crewe, from Edinburgh, who creates wool from the hair Samoyed dogs including her own Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis. See SWNS story SWSChair. A knitter has told how she makes clothes from hair belonging to her pet dogs. Jane Crewe, 57, is devoted to her Samoyed dogs - a Siberian breed known for their thick white fur. The innovative crafter collects the hair from her pets, Artemis and Phaidra, aged seven, and uses a spinning wheel to turn it into yarn. She then turns it into fluffy hats and scarves. Mum-of-four Jane, who lives in Corstohpine, Edinburgh, washes the wool, dries it which takes two to three days, and then spins it into yarn, making around 50g an hour. She got fur sent from 100 Samoyed owners during lockdown to see if she could learn how to spin it, and sends the yarn back to people. She is currently knitting a jumper - using single ply yarn as using double ply would be too warm to wear - and plans to make a blanket. The undercoat is known as 'the halo', while Samoyeds are sometimes referred to as 'land clouds' due to their luminous white fur which is tinged with silver.
She plans to make a blanket next (Picture: Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS)

‘The dogs’ fur is normally white, and the tips of the fur is silver.

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‘It’s known as “land cloud” if you spin it straight from the dog.

‘It’s so much nicer than sheep wool.

‘You could crochet with it, or do house insulation with it, or make a duvet from it.

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