Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Here are the details from sheep to rug. This post will make for sense if you read the preceeding two posts first.
Take one bag of skirted fleece (this is the Scotch Mule). (this bag and two others the same size were overflowing with sheepies)
Carefully pull the fleece into sections (picture shows the Cheviot. Place into plastic baskets of a lingerie washing bag. Then immerse in cold water with a little detergent. I used Persil Aloe Vera as it seems to be good at degreasing. Leave to soak for at least 2 hours or overnight. The water will be very dirty.
Then drain, fill bath with very hot water (~60 degrees Centigrade), add sheepies and allow to soak for 20 minutes without agitation. Then repeat this once more. The water becomes cloudy and dirty as the lanolin emulsifies. Then fill bath with hot water and gently rinse until no more soap is visible. The fleece should look clean and have a faint smell of sheep/washing up liquid.
Then place the fleece in the lingerie bag and spin on a short spin cycle in the washing machine. This is the Scotch mule close up after spinning dry.

Then allow the fleece to dry by pulling it into sections and leaving for at least 24 hours. This is the Jacob fleece which is drying. I sorted the different colours before washing and these are the darkest parts.

Then comb and tease the fleece, removing any vegetable matter (picture shows the Texel)

Then card the fleece to form rolags. (picture of the Jacob intermediate colours)
Finally use rolags to weave rug on peg loom. (more about this later in the week)

1 comment:

LUL said...

WOW, that is impressive!! And a LOT of work. But a great way to make yor own personal rug!
I love that you could pick the sheeps by your self and watch while they were "ripped" :-)