Greetings from the wool shed!
Today I am finally kicking off a major campaign to get the twelve Churro fleeces needed for the first weaving done so that Anna, the project spinner, can do her part in the early summer.
As I have been mentally getting ready. the next steps have been working their way into my head and so the loom construction will be next.
I am going to need specifics on dimension for this as we are going up into the mountains where thinning of the forest has been on going. There are many birch/aspen trees available.
If anyone knows specific diameters and lengths of the uprights and the beam, I would love to hear from you specifically.
I am very excited about this as I have the time to really think it through while I am processing the wool.
I went to a conference this past weekend and had the opportunity to speak with many people about the project. Some are followers already and some were just being introduced to it. I so love it when people are interested!
One discussion I had was concerning the fact that I have been working on this for over two years and it is still not finished. I would like to address this concern here as I am wondering if there are some out there who feel the same way.
When this was started, I knew nothing about the process’ I would need to accomplish the task and reach a conclusion on my theory: That a person could make the same fabric that was made during 1000 – 1400 time frame in Iceland using the Navajo Churro fleece and have it be comparable to the fabric made from the Icelandic breed.
In the past two years I’ve worked out the following:
- What the sheep were.
- How they traveled to the locations they are now.
- The genetic connection between the two breeds.
- What tools were used to process the wool into a usable fiber type.
- The use of these tools in the modern world.
- Developed what I think is the most economical way to use the tools for myself.
- How to deal with the modern shearing process of the fleece I am using.
- How to wash and treat the fibers so they will not be dried out.
- How to address the huge waste factor during processing.
- What loom is appropriate for this work and why.
- What a warp weighted loom is.
- That the fabric was used as money and the exchange rate.
- About the economy of the country of Iceland during the target era.
So as you can see that there was quite a lot of information flowing into my world during this two year period of time. I have shared much of it with all who would listen. I love doing this for all of you. I hope you have found the information useful.
I thank that individual for asking the question as it has given me a chance to write this and actually look at what has been accomplished and I am just amazed… But that is me.
So, with that I am going to get to the fleece processing and I will see all of you later.
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As always, Be Well,