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« on: January 15, 2007 02:25:29 AM »

Two weeks ago my friend and I got 14 pounds of raw wool.

I got the process down to a science so i put together a how to on my blog and well its 2 am and I can't sleep.

http://mmandmyy.blogspot.com/2007/01/dear-god-it-is-all-clean.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008 06:26:34 AM »

This is wonderful.  A friend of mine (that doesn't spin, but knits)  came across a great deal.  A TRUCK LOAD of dorset wool.  FREE!!!!  But the thing is we need to clean it.  And this is probably what we will do.  Thank you so much!!!!  We were so lost, but we aren't anymore!
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 08:10:57 AM »

I scour all my raw wool in the washing machine (do NOT agitate).

First is skirting the wool (keeping only the prime 'saddle' part for spinning)., then shake out as much VM as you can, then go through it lock by lock and open the tips.

It takes up-front time, but save you time (and water and detergent) during the scour.

Fill washing machine with hot water.  Add copious amounts of detergent (about 3 times what you would use on a heavy load of dirty clothes.  Let agitate to dissolve & mix with water.

TURN OFF THE WASHING MACHINE

Gently add raw wool in machine and let soak for 30-45 minutes with lid closed.

Turn machine to spin (make sure it ISN'T spin & rinse) and let spin.

Remove fiber from machine.  If clean, fill machine with hot water and couple glugs of vinegar and let soak 15-20 minutes, spin water out.

If more cleaning soaks needed, repeat above steps using less detergent.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009 08:56:05 PM »

This is incredibly helpful (both theresa24 and mullerslanefarm)! I was just given a VW full of fleece and am excited to try cleaning it up to spin it!!! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2009 08:56:28 AM »

You guys are going to get me in trouble  Grin  Now I want to go order a raw fleece!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009 10:13:16 AM »

I scour all my raw wool in the washing machine (do NOT agitate).

First is skirting the wool (keeping only the prime 'saddle' part for spinning)., then shake out as much VM as you can, then go through it lock by lock and open the tips.

It takes up-front time, but save you time (and water and detergent) during the scour.

Fill washing machine with hot water.  Add copious amounts of detergent (about 3 times what you would use on a heavy load of dirty clothes.  Let agitate to dissolve & mix with water.

TURN OFF THE WASHING MACHINE

Gently add raw wool in machine and let soak for 30-45 minutes with lid closed.

Turn machine to spin (make sure it ISN'T spin & rinse) and let spin.

Remove fiber from machine.  If clean, fill machine with hot water and couple glugs of vinegar and let soak 15-20 minutes, spin water out.

If more cleaning soaks needed, repeat above steps using less detergent.

Oh,  I was looking at the bag of wool in my basement and I was wondering if you think that a front loader would agitate it too much?
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009 11:05:26 AM »

I don't know how much a top loader agitates, but I do know that wool + hot water + detergent + agitation = Felted Wool
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009 05:05:22 PM »



Oh,  I was looking at the bag of wool in my basement and I was wondering if you think that a front loader would agitate it too much?

This would be a definite YES................a front-loader works by using gentle agitation............but less water............however...........they work because the clothes inside scrub one another..........in the tumbling action.............(think of an automated version of a washboard)..............this definitely would NOT be forgiving to wool................I won't even wash my wool items in it on the wool setting on mine............. Roll Eyes

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009 07:26:59 PM »

oh gracious, I'm glad I didn't just try.  Thank you Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009 07:55:28 PM »

 Roll Eyes ..........on the other hand.............if you have an item you want to felt.......it'd probably work FAB.............. Grin

Ooooooooooh.............might hafta make me a new felted purse with my stuffs that just came in from Sheep Shed.................. Roll Eyes Grin
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