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« on: February 18, 2013 12:07:55 PM »


Several months back, I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and picked up my first unwashed fleece; I got a ten pound bag of unwashed border leicester lamb's wool. It came from SuDan Farms, in Yoder, OR. Working with it has been a great learning experience.

I documented the before and after, plus my process, plus lots more pictures, over here: http://www.miloknows.com/2013/01/how-to-wash-fleece.html.


After washing, I dyed some of the raw fleece before carding it.


I am starting to card a lot of this stuff now--it's definitely a different process working from wool in this state than from roving or prepared batts. I'm finding it easier to use handcarders to open up the fiber first, before putting it through my drumcarder.

I have some finished batts ready to spin now (exciting!).

Moral support, comments, advice appreciated!

UPDATE:

Here's a sample of the finished yarns from these batts.



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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013 12:47:36 PM »

Isn't it so fulfilling? That's some pretty yucky looking fleece but it seems to have come out so beautiful! Good for you. Keep it up. Did you wash all 10 pounds? What did you use to dye it?
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013 01:25:40 PM »

Yeah, it's always fun to get as hands-on in these processes as you can. And I think I got a good price because it was really dirty! I didn't quite know what I was in for. I still have about half left to wash, so this is around five pounds cleaned.

I used acid dyes for the color.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013 07:20:04 AM »

You did a beautiful job!!

This is where a good flicker brush comes in handy.  I open the tips for the locks before scouring.  So much of the dirt and grunge is on the tips.  By opening them up before scouring, it comes cleaner easier.  When the locks are drying, fluff the locks.  This helps them dry faster and opens them up for carding.  Then flicking the butt ends and tips before going onto the drum carder.  I prefer flicking either with a flicker brush, less tips per inch than most hand cards, or lashing the tips onto a hand card.

Great job!!

eta:  Congrats on your new drum carder!  When it is not in use, take the drive band off.  It will last longer that way!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013 10:09:26 AM »

Its so cool to see the progress from dirty fleece to fabulous coloured yarn! 
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013 10:38:07 AM »

What lush rich colors!  Smiley
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