Spinning Daily/Interweave Webinar
Fleece Basics: An Overview on How to Select and Clean Animal Fibers
About the Web Seminar:
So you want to buy your first raw fleece, but which one should you choose? Then what do you do with it? Do you have a stack of fleeces in your garage you’re unsure what to do with? Processing a raw animal fleece gives you control over the progression from animal to finished object. Choosing a raw fleece and processing it can be an intimidating process. Understanding the process, and how the fibers and methods impact you choices, will help you maximize your results.
Courtney will guide you through an overview of what to consider when buying a fleece and what options are available for cleaning your fleece. She will discuss wool, alpaca, angora and mohair to learn what constitutes a great raw fleece. Then, she will walk viewers through the process of cleaning a fleece – skirting, washing, drying and flicking the locks. Drawing on her fiber processing experiences, including lessons learned the hard way, she will cover what to watch out for when buying a raw fleece, what types of soap work best, different drying methods and tools used for flicking tips. Using close up photos, see exactly what Courtney does to select the perfect bag of fiber and produce a clean fleece with confidence.
What You’ll Learn:
- Select a raw animal fleece that meets your needs
- Understand different types of animal fibers including wool, alpaca, mohair and angora rabbit
- Skirt a fleece to remove veg matter, short cuts and other undesirable pieces
- Wash and dry a fleece for superior results
- Flick locks to prepare the fiber for spinning, combing or carding