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Dans

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2012, 04:58:21 pm »
Just a quickie question. Does it have to be any particular washing up liquid? I'm gearing up to wash my first fleece :-D

Dans
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2012, 05:05:33 pm »
We always used whatever was on offer (and therefore in the kitchen) at the time.

Dans

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2012, 05:07:33 pm »
Thanks, we're offer hoppers too!

Dans
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2012, 05:21:34 pm »
The folks on Ravelry talk about protein denaturing with some washing up liquids... I'm just off to see if anyone's ever mentoned Ecover by name, as I am about to start a wash for some of my fleece.  Will report back!
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suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2012, 07:07:11 pm »
I have read this thread with interest. Next year I want to felt my fleeces to make mulch mats for the veg.


Therefore they don't have to be particularly clean or beautiful.


Could I just felt them straight off the sheep's back so to speak - without washing and carding first??
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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2012, 10:14:45 pm »
Lots of fleeces to prep  ;D


SallyintNorth

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2012, 10:48:25 pm »
Lots of fleeces to prep  ;D

YAY!!  :thumbsup:  Excellent news!  Not as bad as you thought they'd be, clearly.   ;D  I'm very pleased for you.
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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2012, 04:18:39 pm »
Some of it's definitely felted. But some hasn't  :)



Draining after the first detergent wash. OMG, look at the colour of that water  :o To be fair, the water is quite brown at the moment, but even so!



Drying in the sun  ;D

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2012, 09:24:59 pm »
Lovely colours, Jaykay.

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2012, 09:30:46 pm »
Thank you, it's pretty isn't it  :) This is the moorit, dark brown underneath with sunbleached ends. And I've got fawn, white, black, grey and a sort of roan moorit too  ;D

Tried hand carding a bit and it was horrid to spin though  :-\ Think that's to do with my carding, I hate doing it by hand and have no idea what I'm doing either

Better save up for a drum carder I think, I'm better with one of those and with this much to do....

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2012, 09:10:15 am »
Jaykay, I have just treated myself to a drum carder and have found that not only is it quicker but I enjoy it more.
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2012, 06:54:31 pm »
I love moorit.  I would defo save up for a drum carder.  So much quicker and easier.

Dans

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Re: Fleece prep
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2012, 08:58:21 pm »
If your fleece is still dirty after a wash can you rewash? I may have skimped on the skirting...

Dans
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