Monday, 29 June 2015

From Fleece To Yarn- A Spinning Journey

 Hi guys :D
After my wonderful bargain at Woolfest i thought you might be interested in seeing how it goes from raw fleece to yarn.


Now this is rather a new journey for me. I've spun before, but only with batts
 (ready washed and carded wool)
So, i lay me fleece out, inspect it and sort through it to get rid of any left over poo/debris and sort into smaller batches

I discover a funny looking yellow/orange gunk which is a mixture of lanolin, know as wool wax, it is a naturally occurring grease which waterproofs the wool (wonderful for your hands, it is found in many moisturizers and ointments), and suint (sweat)

I washed the wool in very hot water and detergent. You have to be very careful at this stage as if you agitate the wool too much it will felt! 
I then drain the water and set it out for the next rinse 
I will do this 3 times and then roll it in a towel to get rid of excess water

Then lay out to dry and hope for a sunny day tomorrow!



I'll carry on when it is dried and ready to card :)


2 comments:

  1. Loved seeing this process !!!! It is so neat and interesting :) Can't wait for more ! Thank you for showing this <3

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  2. I've never seen this before. It's fascinating. I'm looking forward to seeing more. X

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