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« on: October 27, 2006 12:08:28 PM »

we have our own sheep, and i am curious to find out how to take fresh wool and clean it etc to make it ready for dying and felting.  equipment-wise i have hand carders. 

when i was little and we sheared, i used to try and make yarn by hand with the freshwool...never really got more than a few inches, but it sparked my interest.

any help would be great

oh, if it helps, our sheep are rambouiet/suffolk cross (i know rambouiet is a wool breed and suffolk is a meat breed so the wool should be pretty good quality)
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2006 05:37:25 PM »

Well I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard it's a fairly long process to clean and card a whole fleece.
If you don't get a suitable reply from anyone here in the felting board, give the spinning board a try. I have a feeling that a few of the ladies there own their own sheep.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2006 12:15:46 PM »

i want my own sheep Sad
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2006 09:34:30 AM »

i want my own sheep Sad
heeheehee- and I want my own goats.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2006 11:17:44 AM »

i dont think you can felt with goats Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2006 02:38:25 AM »

check out http://gfwsheep.com/     a variety of instructions found at the bottom of the screen at Gleason's Fine Woolies Ranch -- look for
Making Something With Wool:   Washing Grease Fleece  - ought to do it

Good luck.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2006 06:24:40 AM »

If you have your own sheep I suggest getting a drum carder.  Carding by hand is slow, tedious, make your wrist sore business.  There are also multiple companies that will card your wool for a fee.  Drum carders run about $120-$200 I think, but a good investment if you have your own herd.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2006 07:34:16 AM »

thank you all soo much for your help!  i found that website grwsheep.com VERY helpful!  cant wait till march when we shear again to get started
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