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« on: June 05, 2013 04:11:23 PM »

I bought a blue-faced Leicester cross raw fleece at Maryland sheep & wool and have been making small test pieces raw felting the locks.



This is what the raw (ie unwashed, straight from the sheep) fleece looks like:



The locks are placed on a regular backing of fibers, laid out as normal for wet felting. For this sample, I used three fine layers of merino roving and added the locks along the edges. The cut end of the locks should attach to the backing felt.



Wet it out with cool soapy water. Gently pat and rub, using extra soap on the cut ends to integrate the locks. With the fast-felting merino, there was no need for aggressive felting methods. Yes, the water will be filthy and vile.



Gently pull the locks to make sure they don't felt together in a lump. Do not despair even if it just looks like a drowned poodle.



Once the locks are adhered and the backing is stable, you can start to add hot soapy water. These locks quickly cleaned up in my apartment's super hot tap water. Be careful still not to felt the locks into a blob. If it is still dirty after felting sufficiently, you can soak it in a few vats of hot soapy water until all the dirt and lanolin are out.

When it is dry it will be clean and fluffy! Yay!



These have a bit of discoloration, so I will overdye it, as the discolored areas take dye very well.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013 04:20:23 PM »

Awesome awesome awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013 07:07:07 PM »

Oh wow! That is awesome! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013 08:23:03 PM »

These looks like so much fun! What are you going to do with them? Thanks for the mini tute!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013 05:21:16 AM »

So cool! Thanks for sharing the process.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013 01:15:50 PM »

These looks like so much fun! What are you going to do with them?

Dunno...I will probably play with different dye techniques on the sample pieces, then make a bigger scarf once I figures out what I am doing. (I would like to be able to do controlled multicolor dyeing of the locks)

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2013 10:20:47 AM »

That is SOOO cool! I've seen "cruelty free" sheep "pelt" rugs done using this technique, and thank you so much for sharing how it's done! I kinda want a hat like that, now Tongue
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