Rainwater Fleece Prep, May 14-15, 2016
Spinners and other fiber artists who work with wool usually start by getting wool fleece processed for them by a professional mill. This is an easy and convenient method of preparing your wool but it can also be expensive. For those who have bought a raw fleece and tried to clean it, removing the lanolin, dirt, vegetable matter, and other items know that it can be a messy and difficult job. Many decide that it is way too much work and bother?
Have you ever thought it would be great to learn a method of washing and preparing a sheep fleece for spinning that is easier than the laborious methods you have been taught? Well, this class is going to show you a method in which much of the tedious work is not necessary. Using the “Fermentation Suint Method” of fleece washing, much of the tedious messy work is completed by naturally occurring bacteria present in the air around us and some time.
In this workshop, on the first day, we will learn how to skirt and pick through a fleece to prepare it for washing using the Fermentation Suint Method (a traditional natural fleece washing technique developed in New Zealand.) We will be putting together our own Suint bath and pulling a fleece from a previously prepared bath for completing the washing process.
On the second day, we will be spend our time processing our clean fleece in preparation for spinning. We will use a variety of both carding and combing methods.
Materials that students will need to bring will be one bottle of “Power Scour” to complete the washing process.
Students will go home with the knowledge to wash fleece using this method as well as a portion of a cleaned fleece.