I’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather to try to get a number of sheep fleeces, which I’ve had stored for a while, cleaned up.
One large fleece that I was lucky to score last year was a beautiful Clun Forest. By beautiful I mean, LOVELY large, long locks because it was definitely not beautifully clean.
As you can see by the above photo, it was full of VM (vegetable matter), dust and dirt. Granted, the sheep farmer is not raising his flock for fibre and I think I paid a whole $15 for a 6-8 lb fleece.
It took several washes but I got it to a good place.
My favourite way to prepare fibre is combing. It takes longer but I love how clean and fluffy it is. And spinning worsted (with all the fibres aligned in the same direction) is dreamy.
I ended up spinning this fibre into a two-ply yarn. It’s so squishy and bouncy.
I’m actually thinking of entering this into a fibre competition later in September. Although, that seems a little scary.
I still have plenty of Clun Forest fibre so I played around with some dye techniques this weekend.
Do these colours not remind you of Sesame Street?! There was definitely a whoa moment when I removed these from the dye pot. Not wanted to react, I put these outside to dry and think about what was going on and how I might use them.
After some mulling (I’m a good muller) I went back to my elementary school roots and thought about how I might play with these primary colours. Knowing that red and yellow make orange, I wondered what might happen if I combed equal amounts of these two fibres together. Would it blend enough or just be a hot mess?
The result was even better than I could have imagined. This beautiful sherbet orange is fascinating. If you look at it closely, you can still see the red and yellow hues but it’s no longer so in-your-face. I can’t wait to see how this spins up!
What projects did you work on this weekend?
What projects have you been letting sit for a while that you know you need to get back to?