Paula Lishman has developed, over the past 40 years, a unique patented process for turning high quality, prime Canadian Beaver, Fox, Sable and Muskrat pelts, into a reinforced fur yarn. Her trappers are primarily the Algonquins, who harvest in the cold Ottawa Valley winters when the beaver and fox fur is at its most plush.
The Algonquins utilize all parts of the animals. The pelt is dressed using a hand-pluck process, dyed, blocked then trimmed and cut by hand, with a razor blade, from the back of the leather into a very narrow strip, about 1/8" wide, always cutting from the outside edge, following the shape of the pelt to avoid joins. This thin strip is then twisted and reinforced, again by hand, with a very strong cotton yarn of the same colour. This forms a durable, evenly surfaced fur yarn, ready to knit, weave or crochet, to make a luxurious, washable and flexible fur fabric!
Cotton, Silk and Cashmere yarns are used in combination with the fur yarn to produce exquisite items. No lining, two-sided fur, utilizing the insulation that benefits the beavers all winter long. Paula Lishman makes by hand, shawls, scarves, hats, headbands, mittens, vests, jackets, ponchos and throws in many colours, styles and sizes.