Fleece and Fibre Fun

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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? 

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