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