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Wool Oiling Process

Greenland Gown Project

As I am getting started processing the wool for spinning, I have found in the past that I had problems controlling the static as I live in an area that has a normal lack of humidity, about 13% or less most of the year. Also, There is the problem of waste as the slightly shorter usable fibers would tangle and become difficult to pull into tops. My past solution was to use a spray bottle of water which helped with the static but did nothing to mitigate the waste.

I was talking with my fleece supplier recently and mentioned my dilemma. She said that I should look for spinning/carding oil as that is what she uses occasionally to keep these issues in check and so do the mills. As it had been awhile since she had bought any, that was all of the information she could give me .

With the little information I had, I went looking for a commercial supplier and found none that did not sell in less that large quantity and very few of those. My next endeavor was to look at a paper that I had come across in the search. In this paper I found recipes for several kinds of oil that were used along with varying methods of oil distribution. It is called “Wool Oiling” “Serial 475 Edition 1″ The publisher is “International Textbook Company”. A PDF of this section can be found through the University of Arizona and a search of the internet. (If you are unable to find it, please contact me for help) This is a

Update 11/11/13

Greenland Gown Project

Hello all of you out there,

This is a short update to let you know that I am still alive and working.

Had a bit of a health issue these past weeks that slowed down the blogs. Nothing very serious and I am recovering well.

The next blog post of substance will be out in the next day or two. The topic is oiling wool after scouring to make carding and combing much easier and the wast less. This oiling process will wash out with the normal after spinning processes used to set the twist and cloth finishing.

Thank you again for your patience and continued support.

Be Well,

Doreen