Friday, May 20, 2011

Slow Fleece, Really Fast

Lou Ann came over this morning to help me wash some fleece.  We used the same slow fleece method from last week, we just used 7 dish pans instead of 2.

By the time we were ready for lunch, we had finished one  fleece and were half way thru the second.  The first fleece was white and  the second fleece was black.

I ran out without my phone this afternoon  so I will have to post more pictures this evening.  The difference between dirty and clean is much more apparent in the white fleece,  but the black fleece is really letting go of a bunch of dirt, much more than expected.

While the fleeces were soaking, we began to work on the Inkle weaving class we are putting together for the Townsend Fiber Festival next spring.  Here are some sample skeins we put together for the class kit.  We timed me dressing the Inkle and it took about 35 minutes.  We figure a total noobie could do it in about 45 minutes.

I need to work up a lesson plan, and threading chart to go with the class kit.  I will also be weaving up a sample of the project so that we can take some pictures for the festival website.

This evening when I get home and get the rest of the fleece done I will update this post.

P.S.  The last thing I did was load each fleece into a very large net bag, put them in the washer, one on each side.  TURNED off the water and put them thru the spin cycle only. 

It took a total of 8 hours, but most of that is spent waiting while the fleeces are soaking in the pans.  So I was able to do a bunch of ither stuff as well.  I am very pleased, I only wish that the sun had come out sooner, they might have been a little drier by now.

Now I can pick up some more fleeces if a good deal comes up, and I won't feel guilty or or overwhelmed!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina


LA said...

Many hands make light work! So true, so true! Now, I have to get busy on my class for the fiber festival!

Bonnie said...

Fiber, very interesting stuff.