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« on: March 03, 2008 07:13:34 PM »

I need to store about a dozen pounds of raw wool long term. I don't have much time to devote to spinning anymore, but I plan on eventually using it over the next several years. Clearly, I need to keep it moth free--I was going to store it in pillow cases with some kind of moth deterrent, like lavender or cedar. Will this work? I have heard people saying that I should store it in plastic, but I thought wool needed to breathe.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 05:32:18 AM »

I successfully store my wool long term in pillow cases.

You'll want to give them an initial scour to remove a lot but not all of the lanolin.

Make sure they are in a place that is not subject to tempature changes or a lot of humidity as this will aid in felting the fleece.
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008 07:31:35 AM »

I keep my fleeces in burlap in a cold temp to make sure no moths or other larvae develop.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008 07:49:54 AM »

Is the fleece irreplaceable - from your own awarded strain critters now dead, or something given to you as an heirloom gift?

If it's not irreplaceable, you could sell it. Animal genetics improve every few years. By getting rid of the old and bringing in the new, you may actually be improving your quality and even ofsetting your costs (by selling some).

If you cannot store it in a controlled cold environment, giving it a few freeze-thaw cycles every year (storing it in paper, or breathable fabric) will kill pests of all kinds.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008 11:42:31 AM »

I had to do this too, with alot of wool for about a year (yay! it all got sent to mills in Jan. and is coming back as roving now -- a whole new storage issue ;-) but smaller!)

I put each fleece in a 6 mil plastic bag, wrote a desc. on it and taped it shut, then put 3-4 bagged fleeces in a cardboard box, wrote their details on the outside of the box, and taped it shut.  There were ahem quite a few boxes ... a dozen, or more. They were first in a storage unit, then in my semi-basement. All survived unscathed.

I did bring them inside to warm them back up so I could skirt them -- it being January, they were feeling fairly solid. But once they reached 70 F they seemed as pliable as when they were new.

Of course, they're even better as roving  Cool
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