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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting raw fleece? on: September 25, 2007 09:13:20 AM
Hi all,

First of all, I know nothing of felting, being more of a spinner and knitter myself, but I do visit this board ever once in a while to look at the beautiful projects here, so I would like to apologize in advance if I use the wrong terms for things.

A friend of mine would like to try his hand at wet felting. Now, he's got plenty of access to raw fleece (he goes to a local farm where he can shear a sheep and take the fleece home for free, you can imagine my delight as a spinner), but no drum carder or anything like that (unfortunately I don't have one either).

Question is, can you make felt out of a fresh, raw fleece? How would you go about that? Or do you really need prepared roving or batts for this?

Thanks in advance!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Book suggestions? on: August 04, 2007 12:53:16 PM
Hi all,

Since my library has no books (not one!) on spinning, I thought I might buy a good book myself.

Can anyone recommend a good book on spinning (with a wheel) to me? I'd like it to at least have some sort of problem solving question/answer bit ("Yarn overspun? You might be treadling too fast, or check the tension on the flyer" type of stuff. Things I can learn from. The book I found at my mum's didn't get much further than explaining every problem away with "that's because you're not experienced enough". Well, duh.)
Ideally I'd like it to be as comprehensive as possible, so I'd still use it to refer back to when I'm getting more experienced.

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Beginner yarn picture! on: August 02, 2007 02:06:27 AM
Old fleece, old wheel, new yarn! Well, it's starting to look like yarn anyway.

I've taken Gypsy03 and TheBon's advice and got a dog brush. I take a little bit of the fleece at a time, flick comb it out and spin it.

I'm pretty happy with the results so far, though I obviously need a lot more practice. I would love to find a good book on hand spinning, any recommendations?

Any comments on my progress so far?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning straight from the fleece? on: July 16, 2007 03:13:56 AM
Hi ya,

I recently fixed up my parents spinning wheel, that was sitting decoratively in the corner, so I could start using it again. (My mum said I could have it, yay!)
A bag of fleece was also found in the attic. No idea how old it is, where it came from or how long it's been bagged up, but it is definitely unwashed wool, still greasy with bits of twig in it, and not combed or carded either.

Now, I have tried my hand at spinning before, resulting in something that needed improving, but looked enough like yarn to give me hope I could master this craft. But back then I used these nicely carded, even-length rolags and I really have a hard time now trying to learn to spin from this raw fleece with short and long bits of wool, tangles and such.

From what I've read it can be done, spinning yarn straight from the fleece. Sounds great, as I don't have anything like carders or combs, just the wheel. How do you do it though? Do I need to prep it first somehow, like predrafting? Or should I just use this stuff for stuffing and buy some nice roving to start practicing on?

Any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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