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Black Sheep Fleece

October 12, 2007

At Black Sheep Gathering I caved in and got another fleece. This is the second fleece I have purchased. The first is half way carded (blended with kid mohair and silk) and waiting to be spun. I would have posted the carded batts, but they aren’t that interesting. Just white fluffy batts of goodness. This however, will be full of natural color.

This is a 4.25 pound Rambouillet variegated fleece. I washed it when it was still sunny and beautiful outside. However, I didn’t seem to get all of the grease out. It still has a faint feeling of greasy texture. Not nearly as much as it did have, but a little. I’m not sure if I’ll be trying to wash it again or if I’ll be trying to card it as is.

I love the color of the fleece and I can’t wait to see what it’ll be like all spun up. Guess it’s time to invest in some hand cards… :)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2007 8:02 pm

    It’s so pretty! We should get coffee sometime, or something. My Saturdays are booked until the second week of November but other than that, I should be getting out of the house more!

  2. October 13, 2007 5:58 am

    Gorgeous! Do you plan to overdye it or just use it with the natural color?

  3. October 14, 2007 12:09 am

    Lovely fleece Jodie :) I love the grease in a fleece – i would have spun it in the grease then washed it – but then again I am spinning Australian fleeces that are very clean – and Im not sure what state your fleece was in when you bought it. The tips will give a lovely rusty colouring through it – or will you be snipping the tips off as some spinners do?

  4. Jodie permalink
    October 14, 2007 10:55 am

    I’m glad to see that if I spin it up, I’ll be able to get some more of the grease out when I’m finished. It was very clean, but I have never spun anything in the grease before. I’d love more details on that abe-hap!

    I think I’ll be leaving the tips in. I think they’ll add to the color quite a bit.

    Jessica, I won’t be dying this. It is really dark and not much color would come through. Plus I love the way it looks as it is! However, I may separate some of the white out and use it fore something different. Then I would dye the white.

    There are lots of possibilities!

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