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AlpacaNanny
« on: April 11, 2011 05:31:37 AM »

I have several pounds of  raw mohair that someone gave to me that is full of vegetable matter.  I don't have a tumbler or a picker - any suggestions on cleaning it up to make it usable???  I can't bring myself to throw it away!!!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011 01:04:59 PM »

Lucky you! I've read of people using large dog slicker brushes instead of cards. No idea how well that works, since I've never done it. I suppose you could also comb it with a pair of wide-tooth human combs. Maybe post on your local classifieds to see if someone nearby can lend/rent you the equipment?

Best of luck Cheesy
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jexxican
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011 08:49:57 AM »

You dont have a dryer? I've heard that using the air setting will help the veggie matter fall out. You can want to wash out the machine afterward.
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AlpacaNanny
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011 04:18:17 AM »

I did try a bit in the dryer, but the locks were too tight for much vm to come out.

I finally said the heck with it and threw half of it in a pot with dark green Ritt dye (it's cheap).  After dyeing, fiber will pick apart easily by hand while still a bit wet.  It seems dyeing loosens vm - not sure if it is the dye or the heat...  This picking makes it easier to card (I have a drum carder) and much of the vm falls out.  Never did it before with fiber that had this much vm.  The mohair is still a bit damp, but I will try some in the dryer, and see what happens.

If all else fails I will give it to a friend that has a tumbler.
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