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#1 2016-03-27 05:26:58

Schipperkesue
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Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

This weekend I am processing some raw Shetland/babydoll wool I bought in Ontario over Christmas.  Here are some pictures to show how labour intensive it is.

Last weekend I washed the wool.  Washing took a day.  It took the wool about a week to dry.  Here it is...

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/c8d2248dfbec271f5dd9233a3f805a71.jpg

Here is a lock of wool.  It is about two inches long with a fair bit of crimp.  The ends are yellowed...

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/bcc55e9291295e1d981f8f50f3f97c96.jpg

The next step is to card it, remove as much vegetive matter as possible and remove any short bits that tend to ball up.  I don't have real carders but dog slickers work well....

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/588d730a9b341eee0e97d3bf639e3f51.jpg

Here is the wool waiting to go into my baby, the drum carder.  The drum carder aligns all the fibres parallel.

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/5646740abac73ab6dc50b34956fa6e0d.jpg

Once the wool is wound around the drum, you can remove it in long strips called roving.  The yellow thing is a milk carton lid.  It is called a diz.  When you pull the roving through the diz you narrow and thin it out....

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/e3b0c187cfa6226e669e0ff769972637.jpg

The thinned roving on a pile in my lap...

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/138e6384ff82c55f2e677edacfe85cbb.jpg

And rolled into a ball in my hand...

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/26bdf8c2eb3ff66a02121d974d9f92f7.jpg

Finally packed in a bag and ready to spin...

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j346/Schipperkesue/41dea1430afe8e9c5098b73df052158e.jpg


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#2 2016-03-27 09:29:04

missiekaren
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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

I need a drum carder!


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#3 2016-03-27 09:49:55

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Wow, that is a lot of work. Talk about dedicated to a task! Looks like beautiful, soft wool.
At what stage does wool being dyed get done?


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#4 2016-03-27 11:06:32

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Very long process and very interesting to see.   Thanks for sharing this with us.


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#5 2016-03-27 11:35:12

Robbie
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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

That IS a lot of work but the result is certainly worth it!

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#6 2016-03-27 12:53:26

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Most certainly a lot of work.  Can you imagine how in ancient times before inventions, how all of this labor would have been accomplished.  Bravo and a wonderful tutorial.  :sheep:


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#7 2016-03-27 13:25:17

CynthiaM
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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Well, my dear, just how cool was that to take that walk by your side.  And...I saw your bare foot in one of the pictures :veryfunny: .  This is an amazing process and boy, you must have the patience of, well, I don't know what.  This was interesting, and I honestly had no idea what went into making wool useable for something.  I did picture a handfull of fluffy fluff when you had that wool in your hand.  Very cool.  Thank you for taking this time to share with us. And have a beautiful day, CynthiaM.


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#8 2016-03-27 13:42:47

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Hand carding takes forever if you don't have a drum carder.  It is such a useful tool, and ridiculously expensive.  I found mine used and bought it for a song.

You can dye the wool after you wash it, after you card it, in roving, or after spinning.  Basically any time!


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#9 2016-03-27 13:47:12

Schipperkesue
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#10 2016-03-27 13:48:45

CynthiaM
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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

A friend of mine gave me a bag of virgin wool, I think that meant very young sheep, if I remember what she told me.  I gave it to my Sister in Law that has a spinning wheel. But I can bet my bottom dollar that it is still in that bag.  I don't think she did anything with it yet.  And after seeing what you are doing, no wonder....seems rather daunting to me.  I don't know if I would ever have the guts nor gumption to spend that amount of time on something. Hats off to ya, girl!  Beautiful days, CynthiaM.


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#11 2016-03-27 13:58:04

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

I know I wouldn't have the patience for that.  My hats off to you Sue for doing it!  Thank you for the step by step tutorial.


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#12 2016-03-27 16:01:59

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

:goodpost:

I wash my own Cotswold fleeces too and it sure is a lot of work! I haven't got to the carding stage, I have my grandmother's carders, but I'm a little nervous to start...I think I need a drum carder too!
I also have my grandmother's spinning wheel, but never learned how to use it, plus it needed some work when I received it. I took it to an amazing fibre arts store in the city and they fixed it up for me, and I'm going for lessons on how to actually use it next week - very excited!

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#13 2016-03-27 16:11:52

Schipperkesue
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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Good for you, Chickeroo!  The whole process is very rewarding.  Old wheels can be difficult to learn on.  Can you take lessons and become proficient on a modern wheel, and then transfer your knowledge to a vintage one?


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#14 2016-03-28 02:17:02

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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

Now i know why its so costly to buy wool socks


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#15 2016-03-28 15:39:05

crestedbird
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Re: Processing raw wool...a picture tutorial

awesome post!.. where was you when I was learning? oh that was before I was on internet.. shame for not coming to help me lol
This is awesome!! great pics also


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