This Spring I was offered some raw wool. Friends of ours have some land in North Holland with sheep they were planning to sheer. They know I am working with wool so they thought of me this time as they are not using the fleeces themselves.
I usually buy my materials here, but there is something earthy about the idea to make something from absolute scratch. No clue how to wash the wool and get it to needlefelting quality, but I thought I'd give it a try. Thank you internet with all your information!
And thank you Patrick for doing the sheering!
Luckily I have a garden, and the weather was cooperative.
I used many buckets and lots of water.
The first rinse was extremely dirty.
I had to be very careful with the temperature of the water. It's the difference in temperature that starts felting the wool.
Soap is also tricky. You need it to clean the wool, but it also adds the process of felting.
Then I had to dry it, which went fairly quickly due to the lovely weather we had in June.
And last but not least, I had to pull it all apart again as it did lump together.
Next I'll have to look into how to get it ready for needle felting. But that is another story...