Many of you will remember the Portland fleece that I was lucky enough to be given in the Autumn. In a fit of, let’s play with raw fleece, I decided to make a seat pad.
When I say raw, I really do mean it. Not washed, all the dirt and other organic matter still in it. I began by
chucking laying out Portland to my selected size allowing 30% extra for shrinkage. In the centre was four layers of a commercially prepared Cheviot top and then a final layer of carefully (believe that you’ll believe anything!) placed Portland fleece.
There’s a substantial amount of lanolin on the raw Portland fleece which I knew would throw the soapy water off. So, going straight to the offensive I trebled my usual amount of soap. I much prefer to put soap in the water as it gets the wool wet quickly and I knew the Cheviot sandwich filling would take and hold this very soapy water well. However, I knew that wouldn’t be enough so added more soap directly onto the fleece by rubbing it with an olive oil soap bar.
I left the edges a little drier so that I wouldn’t have too much water cascading to the floor. the plan worked, I didn’t spill a drop of the dirty water on the floor and it meant that the edges didn’t felt in so well and have given me a lovely contrast in texture. The seat pad is very warm to sit on but I think I may try it ten layers next time or indeed make a true cushion which I stuff with washed fleece. Surely that will help with stash busting efforts?
If you received some of the Portland fleece from me I’d be very interested to know what you’ve done with it and did it work? I would dearly like to let the breeder have some feedback.