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.”
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.
Just a short post to wish you all a happy new year and to set the stage for the spring work and the hopes for the schedule to be done in the time between now and the middle of the year.
The real work of the wool processing will begin now and it will continue through the middle of the year. The WWL will be made and ready to be warped by then also. I am looking to warp in June.
We will see where we are by that time and then adjust the schedule as needed.
There will be no foreseen paper writing during this time. Only regular blog posts I hope you will enjoy the continued work.
Please do not hesitate to add comments to the blog as you see the need. I love to hear from all of you!
May the new year bring all of you what you need.
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
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.
Hand Carding wool
There have been many questions over the time I have been working with the wool I use for this project. One of them has been why am I using combs instead of cards and some confusion about the difference.
So I decided to do a little hard topic research to educate not only myself but you as well. It will help me answer more intelligently next time I am asked these questions.
Gail Bennett was a great help in the research department this week and I would like to thank her.
I will now start with the most common item for fiber prep for spinning, the hand card.
Well, this week has been quite a week. It started with the editing of the process paper for separation of double coated fleece. This update includes a large number of pictures as well as cleaning up some of the wording. You will find it in the downloads section of this website.
Today we put through the order for another 12 Navajo Churro fleeces. This ran about $300.00. I hope you all Continue reading
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
Hi all of you Sheepy Peeps!
I will be adding the How To process paper for My fleece washing method. This will be updated with photos and also the full drying process with a parts list.
Other things that have been added to the web page is the merchandise page. We need funding. The monetary cost of travel to and from the presentation locations, especially in states outside of New Mexico where we live is very high. I love to make these trips and the ability to present the project as well as meeting the followers. Without them, this project would have died a while ago. Continue reading