Let’s continue processing Muriel’s fleece

Let’s continue processing Muriel’s fleece

The last time I wrote, I had begun washing a lovely Leicester Longwool fleece from a sheep named Muriel. I’m done with the washing now, so it’s time to continue processing those luscious curls.

Some lovely washed wool curls still in fleece format, on a table

Since I mostly have these curls for selling, they need to be bunched into bundles. I like to do 1oz. (or around 30g) because it’s not too large, making it affordable, and it’s a great size for those who want to use these curls as doll hair.

Leicester Longwool sheep curls sectioned into bundles, on a table

Once I’ve created the bundles, some of them are sold in natural wool form, but others are hand dyed into funky colours. It’s so much fun playing with all the bright colour combos, because you can really let your imagination go wild – a lot of people who wouldn’t imagine having rainbow hair themselves love nothing more than to do that to their dolls.

How about using curls for long tail spinning? Felting? The choices are so many and each will yield their own beautiful results.

hand dyed teal Leicester Longwool locks

I for one hope I’ve done Muriel proud with processing her fleece, and love the idea that she grew the fibre, I processed it and then I’ll be passing it on to someone who will, yet again, change it into something else. The cycle of creativity at work!

Have you done anything with long wools lately? Let me know.

PS – I’ve finally started a blog in my own website! In my first post, I explain the 5 reasons why wool is the best fibre (preaching to the choir here, I know…) If you’d pop by to have a read, I’d really appreciate it πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Let’s continue processing Muriel’s fleece

  1. What lovely locks Muriel provided! The dyed ones are scrumptious. Your post about wool is great, giving all the great reasons that we all love wool πŸ™‚

    1. Muriel did indeed provide! I’ve got lots to process but it’ll be great sorting it all out (I like organising).

      Thanks! I had no idea wool was UV protective πŸ˜€

  2. Such lovely locks. A great tribute to your dirty fleece cleaning skills. I’m so far away from tackling anything that sheepy I can only stand back and applaud! Enjoyed your blog too. You have a lovely writing style: informative, witty and very accessible.

    1. Thanks, Lindsay! Fleece cleaning is dirty work (see what I did there?) but so worth it in the end πŸ˜€

      Thanks for reading my first blog post. I hope I can come up with more “informative style” posts in the future πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful locks those Green/blues are amazing too. I love that fade dye job. Around her they seem to do them with 4 or 5 colours and one always seems to not go with what I am making. I know I should probably just do my own. LOL

    1. I love the rainbow fades! I dyed a few too, but this particular one is a favourite (I love, love teal) and was being photographed to be added to the shop πŸ™‚

      Yes, do dye your own, Ann! It’s lovely seeing how the colours are soaked up by the long wools. Then you can show us the result πŸ˜‰

  4. What a colour feast for the eyes & my fingers are itching to test out those sumptuous locks….Definitely worth all your hard work.

    Your humour-filled informative blog post wonderfully sets out why most of us here are on the same train re the wonderful fibre of wool.

    1. Thanks, Antje! Come visit and we can play with locks πŸ˜€

      We’re a wonderful bunch for sure! I love being a part of this group.

    1. Hi, Tracey! Thanks for the compliment πŸ˜€
      I sell mainly through my website, EleanorShadow.com – the teal locks haven’t been listed yet (oops) but if you’re interested, let me know and I can get that done for you pronto πŸ™‚

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