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Topic: Help! Started to felt roving..  (Read 887 times)
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« on: November 23, 2007 05:06:38 PM »

Ran a search in the fiber arts forums and couldn't find anything. The problem: I dyed 1/4 lb of roving, and then did the one thing I had read NOT to do, take roving from really hot water to really cold water. But the question is...

It's not completely felted, but it's not perfect either...

So, is it salvegable? If I can't spin it I don't know what to do with it.. (Keep in mind this was to be my first spinning project, so I should rephrase, is it salvegable by an experienced spinner?)

Thanks, and if this HAS already been discussed than I'd appreciate a kick in the right direction : )


(crossposted to the dyeing discussion forum)
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2007 07:03:01 PM »

This is what I do if my roving gets a bit felty- If its dry you're going to have to take it and start spreading it out in small sections and fluffing it back up. I know that is a horrible explanation so .. here is a bit better.
Take the roving and split it into sections. (either clumps or long 1" wide pieces) Spread the fibers out width wise to help them fluff back out. Then I would pre draft it a bit (spread it length-wise) to see how well it is flowing.. you may have to predraft it quite a bit so there is hardly any drafting while spinning. 
Both are weird explanations but once you start it you'll understand.

« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2007 09:52:14 PM »

IF and only IF it's dry, separate it and pre-draft it. You'll end up with usable fiber, it's just going to be harder to draft if it's super-duper felted. Smiley

I bought some roving online and I spun it thick and thin because it was terrible to draft, and it was felted. It's just fiber, keep telling yourself that, and as long as you can still get a decent staple's worth of fiber out of it, you can spin it. Smiley

Edited to add: ask me how I know not to mess with it while it's wet. It's just not a good thing. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2007 10:53:07 PM »

ah, okay, I notcied it was slightly refluffable but having no spinning experience wasn't sure if it was still workable from there. Also, a few spinning terms I don't know: staple..no idea, and draft..pulling fluffs out lengthwise to continue on while spinning?

And yeah, usually I would mess with it while wet (impatient me), but I was very tired and went to sleep while it hung up. Funniest thing is the whole reason I made this boo-boo was because I was tired in the first place (I started dying as soon as I got home form work at 7am) but couldn't wait to dye it after it had been in a vinegar soak overnight.

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2007 09:09:58 AM »

Yeah doing anything with it being wet is just eh. I usually dye at night so I can sleep and let it dry. Actually I dyed a whole lot last night and its STILL not totally dry so I'm going to go run some errands and hope it dries soon.

« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007 04:53:18 AM »

Staple is the length of individual fibres, and drafting is (like you said) pulling them out lengthwise so you thin down the mass you've got into the amount you actually want to spin into thread.  Best of luck trying to fluff it up again! 

The alternative possibility is to go the whole other way and purposely felt it into cloth - there's a section on the boards here, or google "wet felting".

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