Fleece washing

Yes, I know, I know. I’ve always been an advocate of spinning in the grease – and I still am. But we have several Land Rovers full of bags of fleece and some radical action is needed to use up some of it fast.

So, I’ve been washing the fleece for another project.

Many years ago, I was introduced to peg-loom weaving, and made my own peg loom. I made one project on it, but then, what with various house moves, I’ve never made the chance to use it again. However, weaving up some drum-carded fleece on the peg-loom seems like a great way to use up fleece more quickly – hence the fleece washing.

So, I acquired some washing machine bags from Lakeland and yesterday got out Freddie’s fleece from last year and filled two large bags. I put them in the washing machine on the ‘wool wash/handwash’ cycle, said a quick prayer to the fleece god (Freddie does produce lovely fleeces, and I didn’t want to end up with two large lumps of felt) and pressed the Go button.

Freddie (nearest the camera) enjoying his dinner.

Freddie (nearest the camera) enjoying his dinner.

This project is in its early stages – I’m currently waiting for the fleece to dry.

Part of Freddie's fleece drying in front of the fire.

Part of Freddie’s fleece drying in front of the fire.

Now, the next thing to do is find the pegs for the peg-loom (I know roughly where they are), wait for the fleece to dry and start weaving.

Watch this space!

5 Responses to “Fleece washing”

  1. Woolsack (@WoolsackUK) 28th January 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    What did you use as soap/scourer? The drying fleece looks very clean indeed!

  2. SpinningGill 28th January 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Nothing grand, just Persil Silk & Wool 🙂

  3. Sue 28th January 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Thanks – almost broke my hot water system filling the sink with hottest poss water to wash Corriedale, and only seemed to succeed in spreading the lanolin around a bit! Have bags more so I’ll try your method instead.

    • Beth 28th January 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      It works well for me – my machine has a Hand Wash Wool programme and I use a bio gel that will wash at 20 degrees C, so I dial my temperature right down. I dry my fleece by hanging it, still in the net bags, on the line. The key thing is not to cram too much fleece in at any one time.

  4. SpinningGill 28th January 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Yes, I filled mine so that they weren’t saggy, but no more. There was room for the fleece to move a little bit. It seems to have survived well.

    I’m now having to be stern with myself and use it for roving weaving – it’d be a lovely fleece tospin though. 😉

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