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.
No Really….. Help.
Hubby says, “Good judgement comes from experience which comes from bad judgement.”
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?”
What is a Wool Comb and how is it used?
This week’s blog at www.greenlandgown.org contains information about the wool comb.
The wool comb came into existence very early in the northern European time frame.
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.
The fleeces used for this project are called double coated because they are made up of two types of fiber. One is a hair fiber with a larger diameter fiber and longer straighter length than the wool fiber which has a softer more crimped texture.
Currently, I am processing the Navajo Churro fleece. I am doing a process that in some circles is considered to be controversial. The traditional treatment, as I have been told, is for this double coated fleece to be spun with the hair and the wool fibers together and then woven into an item. The most common and well known of these is the durable wool rugs of the southwest. Continue reading