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Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
washing sheep's fleeces
« on: May 02, 2009, 04:38:30 pm »
Anyone had any experience in washing sheeps fleece's?
there is no way i can wash them in a bath (to much energy needed) Am trying them in a wool setting on my washing machine at the moment but all the instruction i can find are for 'American' top loading style

Linz

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: washing sheep's fleeces
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 09:15:04 am »
Sorry, my pa-in-law washed ours in the bath. In bits as a whole one was too much.

Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: washing sheep's fleeces
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009, 07:06:38 pm »
thanks , just found it too much on  my back, even the small bits.


I put it in the washing machine on a wool wash and it came out ok know for me just to card it up lol.

Linz

Laurieston

  • Joined May 2009
  • Northern Germany
Re: washing sheep's fleeces
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 11:42:22 pm »
Dear Linz,

Washing sheep's wool in the washing machine!? Does it not ruin the washer?  I'd have thought it would drop all sorts of bits of wool into the workings and slowly kill the poor machine. 

Much easier than using the bath though. 

Any tips of getting second hand carders too?

Thanks.

Laurieston

Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: washing sheep's fleeces
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 09:49:02 am »
I divided it in to 3 sections and then put it in pillow cases, I put it on the wool wash on the machine with a little bit of powder.

I did put it on a spin just to get rid of extra water.

Washing the fleece in the bath isn't really an option as i can bend for long length of time, to much for my back with my baby bump.

Linz

No idea about second hand carders, keep an eye on any spinning wheel publication you find, searchs on the internet things like that.
I got my set of my mum as she bought a wheel (to restore and sell on) and it had a lot of extras with it that she didn't want to sell with it.

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: washing sheep's fleeces
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2009, 10:38:42 pm »
Be very careful washing wool like this......you can block the machine very nicely with grease and 'bits'.....I know as in the distant past I have done it :-\
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Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: washing sheep's fleeces
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2009, 08:21:55 am »
thanks i put it in a pillow case,tied it off , and split it 3 ways so it woundn't get stuck in any bit.

It clean it up nicely but still left it spinable and then i ran a drain unblocker solution in the machine (specially for washing machine)

Linz

 

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