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Taos Wool Festival and Things

Greenland Gown Project

Happy Monday friends!

I hope the last week was kind to all of you.

Well, the updates and feature adding at the site goes on. The Photo Gallery is still being worked on and I am noticing that some of the past process pages need to be brought up to date as new information has come in that has been validated.

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Website/Project Update

Greenland Gown Project

To all of you,

I want to wish you a Happy Fall or a Wonderful Spring depending on your hemisphere.

Today I am doing an editing and somewhat revamping of the Greenland Gown Project web site. Please feel free to come by and see what has been changed and updated.

Now that the summer/winter madness has settled here I am getting back to the research and forward movement on the next steps of the project.

Currently, the beginnings of the loom construction has commenced.

I am still working on the washing/oiling process refinement for the fleece. This, I am of hopes, will be the final adjustment. I have learned so much and I hope you have as well during the journey.

The sheep breeds for comparison have finally been settled on. The locally bred sheep will be the Navajo Churro and the original sheep from the textile is the Icelandic sheep.

I am feeling the need to write the next two papers. I am hoping to have them finished and published by Spring/Fall. Please keep your eye out for those.

Forward movement is continuing.

I am glad to be back. I have missed you all!

D

 

Ok…HELP!!!!

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AHHHHH!

Well, I need to write even if it is just to be able to sleep tonight. I hope you will indulge me.

As I have been setting here processing the never ending piles of wool, I came upon a rather scratchy thought. Just how much wool do I need to process to get to the end of the tunnel?

My difficulty is that I do not completely understand the fabric I am recreating. I also do not understand weaving on a common floor loom let alone a Warp Weighted Loom. I have just enough knowledge of weaving to be dangerous.

Now mind you, I am recreating some of the techniques used to build the tools and fabric related to bring this project to completion. But, I am not an all knowing person. I need help…..

How do I figure the amount of wool needed to make the requisite fabric? HELP!

Is this fabric (2/2 twill) a warp faced fabric?

I guess this will not be the only two questions, but these are the most pressing ones at this point.

Again… HELP!

<Grin>

No Really….. Help.

Hubby says, “Good judgement comes from experience which comes from bad judgement.”

 

Be well,

D

 

Update 3/19/14 Wool Processing and Research

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Greetings from the wool shed!

I hope this finds you all doing well. It is spring! or some semblance of it here. Planting of roses and pruning of fruit trees has commenced.

So, I am continuing the hand processing of fleece to be spun into yarn for the weaving of the first dress. This dress is being made out of the Churro Breed of sheep.

I am going to be making a trip up to Wisconsin in May and I hope to meet a breeder there for the Icelandic fleece. Yes Kids It seems that it is time for me to start thinking about the next phase of the project.

Speaking of the next phase of the project. As I have little to do but think while combing the fleece I currently have, my mind has started travelling to the world of the loom. I will be building the loom myself this summer. I am starting from the ground up. Cutting of the timber for the parts cannot happen until June most likely. We have a permit system in out forests and the permits will not be available until May.

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Update 3/12/2014 (search for fleeces)

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Hello friends.

Just a short note to let you all know that life and the work is ongoing. Nothing new on the research from as I am concentrating all of my energy and available time to getting the fleece processing done for the Navajo Churro fleeces.

This does not mean that my mind has stopped working. There is something very cathartic about doing repetitive hand work. It frees your mind to travel to other places almost effortlessly.

So, my mind is now looking towards the search for Icelandic fleeces. In order for the fleeces to work for this project, they must come directly from Iceland or from a North American supplier who’s blood lines run back to the original flock transported to Canada in the late 80’s, early 90’s.

I have been able to get wonderful support from my churro fleece supplier who has given me a low price for very good fleeces. It is my hopes that I can find an Icelandic breeder that would be willing to be a part of this project and offer to sell their fleece for a good price to help support this large experimental archaeology project.

So this and the loom construction are the two main topics of my bored brain at this time.

If there is anyone out there who would like to help with the fleece issue, could you please contact me at doreen@greenlandgown.org

Be well, All of you, until we meet here again.

Doreen

2/24/14 update – Wool Processing continues!

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Greetings from the Project!

I hope this finds all of you well and prospering.

It has been a busy time here as I have begun full swing processing of 12 Navajo Churro Fleeces. The wool from these sheep are being washed as I go and then I am using the oiling process I had out lined in the blog post of 12/09/2013.

It has it’s good points and inconvenient points.

Firstly on the good side, It helps a less than optimal fleece due to dryness and course quality to become usable for the purpose of this project. Also, I am finding the separation to be much easier as it lubricates the wool fibers thus letting them slip easily across one another. Combing is much easier and the waste fiber is reduced. Your hands and tools become conditioned in a way that most hand lotions will not do.

On the inconvenient side of things, It is oily. working on this makes your hands and tools slippery. This is an easy problem to fix with the use of a cloth to wipe every thing down periodically. As for it spreading to other surfaces as you work, I have not had that problem as I contain the oily material and tools to one work space and stay aware of the oil.

On to other progress and such from here.

We went to the mountains to look around at the availability for timber to build the looms. We found that cutting permits will not be offered until early May. So back to gathering information on construction and also thinking about how to weave. So much to learn!

Also, we are looking forward to the potential of making a trip to the North Atlantic next year. At this time it looks like it may be a real possibility. I look forward to actually be boots on the ground in the places I have only had access to through books and emails from wonderful contacts! Also I am looking forward to the possibility of seeing the fabric that this project is based on in person. Just some of the dreams and directions I am working towards.

Well, That is about it for the time being. One more thing, As you can see is that the website is back up. Those who have not answered my call for a touch back on the email so I know you are getting posts from here, Please do so. It is important to me that after our absence that I know your email is working.

Be well,

Doreen

Welcome Back!

Greenland Gown Project

Greetings!

Well, after a bit of an absence, the website that is, the project has taken a jump in fleece production.

The first fleece is on the edge of being finished with the first stage of cleaning and is in the box. Washing some of the next fleece today so it will be oiled and dry by the time I am ready for it.

The thoughts of the loom are working their way through my head. I have received loom dimensions from Antoinette Olson. This has been a great help in the planning.

I am so fortunate to have access to slash piles (these are piles of trees that are cut as the forest is thinned) of birch/aspen trees. I want to make the loom as authentic as possible as I have been trying to make the fabric as authentic as possible.  🙂

I will be gathering 4 more fleeces of the churro type in the next month or so as spring shearing is imminent. Then I think I will be done with the churro gathering.

So, as you can see, things are progressing.

Thank you for being he

The world is Fleece

Greenland Gown Project

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.

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Why Oil a Fleece?

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Hi everyone! Glad to see you here!

This past week I was asked an interesting set of questions on the face book Greenland Gown Research/Recreation page. I gave a Cliff Notes version of the answer and so would like to expand on that information.

The question and request is as follows. “Tell me about oiling fleece. Why does one do it and does it need to be done on all fleeces?”

Wool Oiling Process

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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