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uksfdawn

  • Joined Sep 2015
  • Carmarthenshire
Fermenting Fleece
« on: September 12, 2015, 10:17:37 pm »
I am new this year to spinning I wanted to spin my own Alpaca fleeces I was given some sheep fleece and had one from our own Lambert, I was dreading washing the sheeps fleeces then some-one put me on to the sunit fermenting method I gave it a go and done my first fleece and it came out lovely and clean its now drying in the greenhouse, has anyone else tried this method  :spin:

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2015, 11:10:15 pm »
@SallyintNorth uses that method.  I've not tried it on purpose yet  :spin:
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2015, 11:44:55 pm »
I've *tried* it but not really got one going.  Too wet and dull, Cumbrian summers  :-J

However, having recently been given a sample of Islay Scotch Mule shearling fleece that had been washed this way, I am resolved to take advice and try harder to get one going next year. 
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Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2015, 06:49:01 am »
I did it with some zwartbles fleece this year.  It has come out a lot better than the one I hand washed.  It is a pity that it was also the most contaminated with VM as cleaning that out of it is taking a lot of time.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2015, 12:15:52 pm »
I've never heard of this. Anyone know of a good site I can look at for reference?
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Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2015, 01:21:46 pm »

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2015, 01:52:35 pm »
thanks buttermilk  :thumbsup:
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2015, 04:04:05 pm »
https://mozfiberlife.wordpress.com/fsm/

Bookmark : Fermented Suint Method for washing fleece

I'm going to start doing this ^ to make 'tags' for easier searching.  I'm hoping I'll be able to search my own posts for 'bookmark' and bring up all my bookmarks.  If everyone else does the same, we'll get a good resource put together, do you think?
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Fermenting Fleece
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2015, 04:47:35 pm »
Sounds good to me  :thumbsup:

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