Raw Wool

If you use World of Wool regularly, you might have noticed that they’ve added some raw wool breeds to their naturals selection recently. I bought a couple last time I did an order, Blackface, and Radnor. They looked a lot like the photos.

I picked out all the locks first, and made a few piles of loose bits: a pile the same quality as the locks, a pile for surface texture and a pile for adding texture between layers.

The Blackface had quite a few different parts, longer straighter locks and some shorter and curly, and some wiry black parts – these went out for the birds – there was a clump which was really dirty and this went out for the birds too after a soak. I picked out some nice locks to keep raw:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI washed the rest, just a handful at a time, dipping them in soapy (anti dandruff shampoo) water to get rid of most of the dirt, then rubbing any dirty bits with shampoo, then rinsing. Here are some washed Blackface locks:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are a few more:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI forgot to take photos of the washed loose Blackface, but for this and the loose Radnor, I washed it a bit differently. I ran a bucket of water and poured some into a tub to put the loose fibre for a few minutes to get the main dirt off; I poured some into a tub with shampoo to leave it to soak, and poured some in a tub to cool down at the same rate for rinsing. This is the (nicest bits ) loose Radnor after washing and drying:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll probably card that and the Balckface. I sorted and separated the Radnor the same as the Blackface, this is the raw Radnor:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere were differences in some of the locks, some being a lot more crimpy. Here are some of the washed and dried locks:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA close up of the crimp, you can see there are bits of VM in there. It doesn’t bother me too much because I don’t mind a bit of VM on my natural hangings and the tiny bits will flick out if I comb the locks through my handcarders.:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did get some other raw wool recently, I couldn’t resist when I saw it on Facebook for £1 per 100g, beautiful Portland wool, here are some locks:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI didn’t pick or sort them either, that’s how they came. I got them from Nancy from Nancy’s Fibres, if you’re lucky she might have some left. And just to add a bit of colour, here’s the small sample I made at the well being centre last week when we tried out fabric strips (yep, the second one is yet another charity shop scarf!):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd an angled photo of the texture:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe third strip down is silk taffeta, which I did a post about a while ago: https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2015/01/23/silk-nuno-samples/

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12 Responses to Raw Wool

  1. Lyn says:

    The charity shop scarf looks great, so does the next one down – it’s all shimmery and like the surface of a lake.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      That’s a strip of silk taffeta, I’ve just remembered I did a post on it a while back, I’ll edit my post and add it. Funnily enough 3 out of 4 of us all chose that without realising until the end!

  2. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Lovely locks and great texture with the charity scarves! What are your plans for the locks?

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      I think I’ll make some small sample pieces to see how those breeds felt, and save some of the locks for natural pieces and taking to the well being centres.

  3. luvswool says:

    Good luck with felting your new breeds! I looked them up on WOW, and it appears the blackface will be a bit tricky to felt. But I’ll bet you already know that! Look forward to seeing your results.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Cathy 🙂
      I hadn’t really thought about it actually, I didn’t look at the micron count or anything. I usually just try them and see how they turn out, it’s nice when they’re a bit different though.

  4. ruthlane says:

    Always fun to try new wool breeds. Looking forward to hearing about how they felt.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      I just found out the well being centre is closed for a couple of weeks, so I’ll try them instead of doing that.

  5. Nice looking locks. They kept their structure well. I am looking forward to seeing your felted samples. The samples are good. I like the bottom one best.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann 🙂
      I was surprised to get nice locks out of the piles when I opened the bags, but it just took a bit of time sorting, and I washed them in small amounts to try to keep the shape. I have a bin bah full of others I should work on next!

  6. Leonor says:

    Zed, you were busy! I had to laugh at using shampoo to wash wool – it never occurred to me! Although it comes at a great time for me, since I stopped using shampoo and had no idea what to do with the ones I still have… Now I know 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Glad to have been some help 🙂
      When I was looking into washing wool years ago, I kept seeing ‘horse shampoo’ or wash recommended, so I looked that up and it was sodium laureth sulphate, and I thought ‘isn’t that what our shampoo is’ and it was first ingredient, so cheap Asda or Tesco anti dandruff is what I usually use 🙂

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