Category Archives: raw fleece

Handcarding – Speeding up

I showed some Tunis on Facebook  and Instagram a week or so ago that I had hand carded. I began with slightly over 2 pounds of scoured fleece and it took a little under 4 hours and I had just a tad under 2 pounds of hand carded rolags. I had plenty of comments about how that was super fast […]

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Washing Wool by the Lock

I did a little experiment this week. Normally for classes I wrap some of the Cormo or other fine wool in tulle and scour them all wrapped up so that the lock structure is preserved. But I have in the past, for a project or samples, just scoured the locks on a bar of Fels Naptha laundry detergent. It’s fast […]

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Wool Scouring – Simple and Mostly Quick

I was looking over past posts about wool scouring and it seems that the posts are kind of scattered and they are not easy to find so I decided it might be a good idea to update things and put all of what I do in one place. This first post will be what I do for almost all of […]

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Michigan Fiber Festival Surprise

So, Jillian was going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, Michigan. She was taking a Thursday class from Esther Rogers. I had no plans to be there because I hadn’t signed up for any classes and I didn’t think there was anything I needed. But then there was the phone call. It went something like, What are you doing […]

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Preparation – the Second

So the wool got washed and a few days ago I was sure i had all of my fibers but I needed to assemble the fibers for each class to make sure. This is my starting pile: That hip high pile is all of the washed fleece. I ad my list of what wool i needed for which class and […]

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Fiber Prep For Production Spinning

One of the things we want to do during Spinzilla, which is from October 7 to the 13th, is spin miles and miles of yardage. Five years ago I thought I was a spinner with average speed but over the years and with lots of practice I have gained speed in both wool prep and yarn making. Of course there […]

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Polypay

  Polypay sheep were developed in Idaho by a shepherd named Reed Hulet who needed to make a profit on his ranch.  With some thought and education he began along with his brother, Doctor Clarence Hulet, to cross breeds of sheep which they thought would give them sheep with good body size, more lambs, and great wool. They began in […]

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Fleece of Sadness

I buy a lot of fleeces. A LOT! I need them for classes and samplers and for my own sniffing pleasure. I do get some people who report back about how they are happy with the fleece quality they get from me and how they trust me when they are buying their unwashed fleece without seeing it first. This makes […]

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