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captivatedlife
« on: August 13, 2007 07:06:56 AM »

I bought some wool batting from West Earl Woolen Mill and now I need to know what I can do with it. *I think* it needs to be cleaned - how do I do that? It has little bits of stuff (leaves, ect) in it. Does it need to be carded? I bought A LOT - can I needle felt with it or only use it for stuffing?

Thanks!
Kim
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Lado
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2007 05:53:15 AM »

Post here some pictures, we will ponder over a problem.
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cottondeer
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2007 11:11:44 AM »

I agree with Lado; we'll be able to help a bit more if we can have a look at it!

It's almost certainly raw fleece, so yes, it will need to be washed and carded before you can spin it.
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captivatedlife
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2007 03:37:52 PM »

ok. here are pictures.

NOT IMPORTANT (I think)
it came packaged like this
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/familygb/tosell018.jpg

and here's the tag on the roll
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/familygb/tosell019.jpg

and here's it unrolled (it's not like quilt batting, unrolling, it's like big fluffyness rolled up.
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/familygb/tosell021.jpg

IMPORTANT!!!
here are some shots of the flecks
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/familygb/tosell024.jpg
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/familygb/tosell025.jpg

There are probably 3-7 pieces of stuff every square foot - not too much.

I want to use this to stuff toys and / or needlefelt. Any suggestions - what do you suggest I do and what do I need to do it?

Thanks,
Kim


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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2007 07:23:23 PM »

It looks to me as if it has already been washed.  If there isn't lanolin or a lot of visible dirt, chances are you don't need to wash it. 
The bits of leaves (called vegetable matter of vm in spinner lingo) just have to be picked out by hand.  Or if you want to be lazy like myself, just pick out the big bits and leave the smaller ones.  "Adds character," I say.
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Sherie
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2007 08:05:47 PM »

I could be wrong, but it looks like batting for a quilt to me.
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Lado
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2007 01:26:44 AM »

Take some 1/2 oz, card it and try to spin. Excessive VM drops out when carding. Excessive lanolin disappears when washing (setting twist) the finished yarn. It seems to me that this is very good and universal material to all your creative projects like spinning, felting and all you want else. I envy!  Roll Eyes
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captivatedlife
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2007 05:55:23 PM »

Thanks for the help!
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Spiraling
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2007 12:14:39 AM »

I can't see the photos but it sounds like you may have a felting batt, which is generally a bit more dense than a spinning batt.

Try fluffing it up or if you have hand cards, card a bit to get more air in it. If you're needlefelting, you can pretty much just dive right in.
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