Hand Carding wool
There have been many questions over the time I have been working with the wool I use for this project. One of them has been why am I using combs instead of cards and some confusion about the difference.
So I decided to do a little hard topic research to educate not only myself but you as well. It will help me answer more intelligently next time I am asked these questions.
Gail Bennett was a great help in the research department this week and I would like to thank her.
I will now start with the most common item for fiber prep for spinning, the hand card.
This method was brought to my attention today by one of my facebook followers.
A more indepth explanation is located on mozfiberlife.wordpress.com
Here is a brief explanation:
The basis of the science behind this, is the concentration of the potassium salts from the fatty acids excreted by the suint glands. The suint is alkali in makeup and combines with the fats in the fleece to make a soap. The mention of rain water is very important. Rainwater is soft and soaps works best in soft water. The drawback to this method is that it has a considerable soak time and depending on the greasiness of the fleece, you may still have to do a hot water/detergent wash.
This week I am going to discuss the use of varying substances for washing and conditioning raw fleece for use in fiber production, mainly that of yarn. I hope you will find information of use in the post. Please do not hesitate to comment and share your own methods. This is a fascinating subject because of the multitudes of methods I have found over the past few years.
Why Wash Raw Fleece?
Because it is full of mud/dirt, vegetable matter, grease, and smell. I have found that my washed fleece works much better with the extra fine combs I use as well as the larger gauge combs. Grease tends to clog them making it harder to process the fibers.
What to use to wash fleece? (in this section I have drawn on several differing places. I have sited all information that is not my own.)
This is a debated topic in all of the circles I have traveled since starting this project. I decided to gather all of the data…and there was a lot of it, so I have limited the citations to just a few. Everyone has their own way of cleaning fleece. Read this and pick your own.
I do hope your weekend was a good one. Mine was about average.
So to update the project…
Last week was really spent on researching the next paper. I have waded through a couple of sources I have, sent out a list of terms to contacts that know Old Icelandic/Old Norse, updated and released some new downloads, and mulled over a portion of the project that will have to be started again from scratch.
On that part, I will have a good amount of material to share with any interested in the yarns we have made to date.
I am in the process as I type this of researching and writing the blog post for this week. It will be posted later today or first thing in the morning and I know it will not
Morning has broken! and I do not know how to glue it back together! LOL!
Well, I think I have all of the research material together….
Started working my way through Marta Hoffman’s Warp Weighted Loom yesterday…. Wow!….I am finding that her technical detail seems sound….but some of the conclusions she comes to may be a bit of an issue….
Now, I know there are some out there who look at
Well, last week was very busy. This week seems it will be yet again.
Last week, the gathering of sources for the next research paper began in earnest.
Greetings to all of you.
So, the Sheep Road Show is about to wind down for the summer. One more gig in Colorado for the SCA.
Monetary Help Needed
Hello all of you!
I have a ponder for you and I would like to get feed back.
After this year of funding the project out of pocket… I have come to the discovery that we are in the red so far it may take the whole of the winter and most of the spring to recover.
Now, I am not complaining, There have been generous donations that helped defray some of the travel costs and we thank those individuals with whole hearts… I am just stating the facts.
All of you who are following this project and are attending the presentations are a blessing to me as you help keep me motivated with your questions and encouragement.
So, as this project has been fully funded out of pocket up to now, and is gladly shared for free…
We need help to continue. Does any one or ones know how to gain donations, funding, or monetary support so that we might be able to continue the research, making, and sharing?
We also need individuals who would join a team to help locate funding and generate ideas as to where we might go from here with the monetary focus so that the project may continue and be freely shared.
Please, this is a call for help.