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Meet the pet owners who send their dogs’ clippings to be spun and woven into canine couture 

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Can you get closer to your beloved four-legged best friend? A woman has found a wonderfully creative way to do that.

Now you and Fido can both go for a walk wearing the same coat – his!

Jane Crewe, 56, a mother of four from Edinburgh, started knitting the hair of her giant, fluffy Samoyed dogs two years ago.

In addition to making hats, gloves, and scarves for herself from her own pets, the seven-year-old Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis, she also uses her spinning wheel to make free thread for friends who send her their dog hair.

Jane, who has been knitting more conventionally with sheep’s wool since she was five, says: ‘Northern dog breeds such as Samoyeds have a double-layered coat and the undercoat is very soft and insulates their skin in extreme cold.

Can you get closer to your beloved four-legged best friend? A woman has found a wonderfully creative way to do that. Now you and Fido can both go for a walk wearing the same coat – his! Jane Crewe, 56, a mother of four from Edinburgh, started knitting with the hair of her giant, fluffy Samoyed dogs two years ago

“They blow — or shed — the undercoat every year and that’s best for purring.”

The craft of spinning wool from dog hair is called chiengora. The word comes from chien, French for dog, and angora, the soft fur of a breed of rabbit. It goes back to prehistoric Scandinavia.

Jane Crewe, 56, has found a wonderfully creative way to get closer to her dogs

Jane Crewe, 56, has found a wonderfully creative way to get closer to her dogs

It may all sound a bit barky, but as the four women here show, making wooly sweaters is the pinnacle of fashion.

It is wonderfully soft and fluffy. . . like good quality mohair

Jane Crewe started knitting dog fur two years ago after getting her pets, the Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis, both seven.

She researched the Siberian breed and discovered that she could make yarn from their fur.

Ms Crewe, 56, who works front of house at Edinburgh Zoo, said: ‘You wipe it and get three standard bags from the supermarket at a time.

‘You can use it in a single layer, while with sheep’s wool you can use two or four layers.

‘It’s a great fiber to work with – very soft and fluffy like good quality mohair or angora.

“And because these breeds don’t produce the oils that weather-proof other dogs’ coats, you don’t get that dog smell.”

Laughing, Ms Crewe, who also lives in the Scottish capital, adds that her husband Martin, 61, director of Barnardo’s Scotland, thinks she is ‘crazy as a box of frogs’.

She makes hats, gloves and scarves for herself, but Martin hasn’t asked for a dog sweater yet.

She started knitting with the hair of her giant, fluffy Samoyed dogs two years ago.  In addition to making hats, gloves, and scarves for herself from her own pets, seven-year-old Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis, she also uses her spinning wheel to make free thread for friends who send her their dog hair.

She started knitting with the hair of her giant, fluffy Samoyed dogs two years ago. In addition to making hats, gloves, and scarves for herself from her own pets, seven-year-old Samoyed sisters Phaedra and Artemis, she also uses her spinning wheel to make free thread for friends who send her their dog hair.

A fitting tribute to my beloved mountain dog

When Kalie the Pyrenean Mountain Dog died more than a decade ago at age 11, his owner Sandie Tadd was heartbroken.

But she has preserved his memory well thanks to a sweater made with fur from a “huge moult” he had when he was 18 months old.

Mrs. Tadd, 71, who breeds and shows the giant dogs with her husband Rod, says: ‘It was worth about three garbage bags.

“A friend made the sweater for me about 20 years ago. It’s a bit of a lost art with Pyrenees these days as there are relatively few of them in the UK.”

When Kalie the Pyrenean Mountain Dog died more than a decade ago at age 11, his owner Sandie Tadd was heartbroken.  But she has preserved his memory well thanks to a sweater made with fur from a 'huge molt' he had when he was 18 months old.

When Kalie the Pyrenean Mountain Dog died more than a decade ago at age 11, his owner Sandie Tadd was heartbroken. But she has preserved his memory well thanks to a sweater made with fur from a ‘huge molt’ he had when he was 18 months old.

Mrs. Tadd is pictured with another of her dogs, six-year-old Jacko — or Champion Jacko du Haras de Chante-Neige, to use his much larger pedigree name — who admires her as she wears the jersey.

But it was a rare outing for the garment.

‘It’s beautiful, but I’ve only worn it about three times,’ says Mrs Tadd of West Wittering, West Sussex.

“I hadn’t fed it, so it itches a lot — and it’s so hot you have to take it off after about 20 minutes, no matter how cold the weather is.”

“When we have breed meetings, people bring things knitted from their dogs and put them on display.”

Now they will be with me forever

Three different dogs produced the hair needed to make former public servant Betty Corrigan’s treasured vest.

Her first Samoyed, Kaza, died at the age of 13, followed later by Rory, another Samoyed, at the same age.

Now she only has eight-year-old Niko (above with Betty), also of the same breed.

Three different dogs produced the hair needed to make former public servant Betty Corrigan's treasured vest.  Her first Samoyed, Kaza, died at age 13, later followed by Rory, another Samoyed, at the same age

Three different dogs produced the hair needed to make former public servant Betty Corrigan’s treasured vest. Her first Samoyed, Kaza, died at age 13, later followed by Rory, another Samoyed, at the same age

“Kaza was very special to me because he was my first.

I kept some of his fur because I just wanted to know I still had some of his and kept it in a big bag for about five years,” said Betty, 65, who lives with husband Alex, a retired paramedic, nearby. from Falkirk in Scotland.

‘I heard about knitting with dog hair from a Samoyed website.

“I sent all three of their hair to a lady who spun it and sent it back, then knitted the cardigan myself. It cost about £100 to run it.

‘I’m wearing my dogs. It’s something that will stay with me forever.’

Cozy scarf is a perfect keepsake

Michelle Parker says her stylish scarf is a “great keepsake” of her beloved pets — and people are surprised to find it’s made from dog hair.

She paid £185 to have it made by Andrea Devine, who specializes in spinning dog hair at her cottage in an Essex village.

Michelle, 54, a design consultant who works on commercial interiors, supplied 15 oz of her four-year-old Samoyed Luka’s undercoat for the body of the nearly 5 ft long scarf, and 7 oz from Keisha, 12, a Keeshond, for the pompoms.

Michelle Parker says her stylish scarf is a 'great keepsake' of her beloved pets - and people are surprised to discover it's made of dog hair

Michelle Parker says her stylish scarf is a ‘great keepsake’ of her beloved pets – and people are surprised to discover it’s made of dog hair

Mrs. Devine also knitted the scarf for her.

“I think it’s just a great memory to have them and it will be even more so once they’re gone,” says Michelle (pictured above with Luka), from Leeds, West Yorkshire.

It’s also wonderfully warm and soft.

“I wear it very occasionally. People don’t realize it’s made of dog hair when they see it. They just think it’s a nice scarf.

“They’re quite surprised when I say it’s made from my dogs.”

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