Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fleece oiling experiment

Greenland Gown Project

Hello everyone. I know that I have been quiet these past days….Things at the house have taken priority for a bit. I have been working on the project though and will have the results of the new experiments out for all to see soon.

The topic this time will be lubricating scoured fibers and comparing various techniques from removing the dirt while leaving the lanolin (grease) in the raw fleece and how the combs react to this to scouring the fleece and adding carding/spinning oil to it and how that effects the combing.

I have found a recipe for the oil and have redacted the recipe (also will be covered in depth) to fit the smaller quantities of fleece I am doing at a time. I am liking the results so far.

The last time I tried to comb a raw fleece I found the grease clogged the combs up to the point I could not use them. Carding (which is out of culture for this project) may be different….

So, as you can see I have been working, just not able to write. Will write the results of the work I have been doing very soon.

Social Media and it’s effect on the project

Greenland Gown Project

This wonderful project has opened the entire world up to me.

I have come into contact with awesome people who all share the passion for fiber. Many are absolute fanatics about this particular piece of textile for so many reasons. Others are just learning of it’s existence. Also I am finding that many people have done a form of recreation of this garment. Having been told that there have been few that have taken it to the insane level I have decided to go, I am flattered. Bottom line is that there is room for everyone in this garment.

One of the questions that has come up for me is how did this worldwide following come to be?

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The project is being followed on…

Greenland Gown Project

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I and the project are being followed on a couple of different academic and professional social media sites outside of facebook plus a really cool museum recreation site.

I have been accepted on Researchgate as an independent researcher based on review of the project. The URL is

Blog for 10-7-13, New Download

Greenland Gown Project

Hi everyone. The Blog for this week is fairly short and to the point.  It’s pretty much an announcement that I put all of my time and effort into re-writing a revised edition of the research paper on the genetic links and migration patterns of the three target sheep for this project.

The three sheep are the villsau from Norway, the Icelandic sheep from Iceland, and the Navajo Churro from the American Southwest.  Their journeys and the people they took with them could make a research paper all on there own, but that’s a story for another time

Please go to the download page and check the new revision as it is more streamlined and has updated information found during the further research done for the project.

Please enjoy. Next week I am going to discuss the effect that social media has had on the project.

Be well,

We’ve been invaded by Kangaroos!

Greenland Gown Project

The kangaroo pelt has arrived from Australia!

Kangaroo peltNow I know that this is going to raise some questions… No, we’re not going to try to make a copy of the Greenland Gown using kangaroo hair!

What we will be doing is awarding this tanned fur-on kangaroo pelt to a randomly selected supporter in the US who has donated to the Adopt-a-Fleece fundraiser. In addition, we’ve sent a gift basket consisting of 600 yards of locally spun Navajo Churro yarn and several jars of New Mexico’s trademark Hatch Green Chiles to Australia to be awarded to one of the supporters there.

This is not part of a raffle, but merely our way of sharing cool things, and thanking those who are going out of their way to help the Greenland Gown project.

This kangaroo pelt is beautiful! The fur is unbelievably soft!

Thus far we’re had five donations and have eleven supporters on the Greenland Gown Project’s “Adopt a Fleece” program. We’re twenty-one percent funded towards the purchase of the next dozen fleeces. These fleeces will be used to make the yarn to spin the samples we’ll need to start the empirical comparisons between the Villsau, Icelandic, and Navajo Churro fleeces.

What, some of you may ask, is the Greenland Gown Project’s “Adopt a Fleece” program?

“The Adopt a fleece program allows underprivileged fleeces the opportunity to become productive members of a historically accurate reproduction of the Greenland gown…”

In essence, we’re asking for help so that we can defray the costs involved in the making of the fabric and subsequently recreating the gown from the Herjolfsnes archaeological dig of 1921 in Greenland.

For more information, or do make a donation yourself, please check out the