Posted by: Mare F | July 10, 2017

Dyeing and carding

A few summers ago I used some “mystery” wool for a solar dyeing experiment and I was quite pleased with the outcome. I had large mason jars, and a few Yankee Candle jars, which I used to dye the wool out on the deck. It did make for a colorful display and I was almost sorry to finish processing it, but it was time.

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This part is slightly embarrassing. This delightful job has been hanging out in a basket upstairs on the shelf under the carding table for 2 years. I discovered it, and many other things fibery, while going on a purging tear. Downstairs it, and the carding table came, to the studio and this past weekend I decided that it was time.

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So, I queued up a string of Charlie Chan movies and settled in to do some serious carding. I have hopes of either wet felting or needle felting this batch up into embellishments for my felted hats and perhaps some felted beads.

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There are a few more batts added to this tote now, but I finished the last of this lot yesterday morning, this time to Miss Fisher Mysteries. I have such a lovely feeling of accomplishment that I have to wonder why I wait so long to do these things. Happily, even though I didn’t get to do any plying this weekend, I still participated in the spirit of the Tour de Fleece by doing all of my carding. Perhaps this afternoon will see some plying….I have 4 out of 5 bobbins full, so it will be plying before anything else. Do you find yourself putting off some chores?

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  1. What is wet felting and needle felting? Sorry just not sure how you do that! Also can you use the carded wool for crocheting or knitting?

    • I could use it for knitting or crocheting if I spun it into yarn, but because I wasn’t quite sure what type of fleece it was and it was full of hay I decided that felting would be a better use of it. Needle felting you make an item by repeatedly poking the wool with a sharp, barbed needle to get it to stay together. I made a sheep in a class a couple of years ago that I had on my FB page. Wet felting is when you work the wet wool into a shape with water and soap. These are very simple explanations and for that I apologize. I will be posting more when I start doing some of it. I want to use the things I make to embellish my felted hats so hopefully I’ll be able to start on them soon. My first show is next month!


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