While looking for something else I found some unknown dirty wool. There was lots of nice curls so that’s probably why I kept them. There wasn’t a whole fleece but just a piece of one, enough to fit in a dish washing bowl. Here it is sitting on top of the water before I pushed it under. There is some dish soap in the water.
Here it is soaking. This is a pretty clean piece of fleece the water isn’t very dirty.
Here it is drying, and after it is dry, it is much lighter gray.
The are lots of small bits in the individual locks so I tried just combing the ends and rewetting them to bring it back together.
Unfortunately it did not word as well as I hoped. They are better and perhaps if I used them on some felt or off the edge of some felt they may come back together by the end of the felting.
Have you had any success in getting locks back together?
Not a lot of felting itself going on this week but I have been busy. Like everyone else I never have enough storage space in my studio so I painted up all the peices and hubby and son put a new shelving unit together for me. I started to put sort and put things on it already but more needs to be done.
I am teaching at a multi guild gathering today. We call it Distaff day and for a small fee you get two 2 hour classes, lunch, vendors and lots of chatting with like minded people. I am teaching nuno felt bracelets and taking hookers necklace. I will have pictures of the day in a later post.
I washed some old fleeces I found stashed away and salvaged a small amount of curls I will cut from the matted back. I don’t know where I got these but they would have been free. They don’t look bad in the pictures but they were in rough shape.
I received a raw flees I ordered for a hat project that you will get to see when it’s done. I was down to picking between 2 fleeces and in the end picked this one because I liked the sheep’s name. The fleece is very curly. I love the smell of raw wool.
Lastly around the farm: the chickens and turkeys arrived. The Black chickens are egg layers and the yellows are meat birds.
This week has been about getting things moving towards upcoming shows. I spent an afternoon wrapping soap in wool and putting them in little nylon bags ready to felt.
I sent another afternoon getting sheep parts ready to felt. The body parts are roughly needle felted then wet felted. The legs are wet felted.
This is what they look like when they are all put together and their wool is added.
Lastly I have been soaking a fleece. I have no idea what kind of wool it is. it was a bag given to me a couple of years ago. Here it is getting a rain water rinse hanging in my apple tree. That wasn’t on purpose but the thunderstorm came in before I got it back into a bucket for its first rinse.