Gotland fleece

Gotland is a lovely wool for wet felting and the fleece has fabulous curls. I bought a fleece last weekend and spent yesterday washing it.

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Laid out to dry on the clothes rack.

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I used net curtain pegged together to support the fleece. It’s ideal as it allows air to pass freely through for drying.

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There wasn’t quite enough room on the rack so I pressed the folding clothes rack into use too. Now I definitely can’t wash any clothes until the weather improves or the fleece is dry! The fleece will be dry and ready for sale at Adelaide Walker on Monday.

Gotland handbag

Looking through my fibre stash I noticed some Gotland that had been waiting quietly for ages and decided it was high time it was used. Unusually for me, I decided to work from outside in and began by laying out some pre-felt decoration on one side and hand spun Soay yarn on the other.

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After completely encasing the resists in fibre I then added a further resist on each side to form the internal pockets. then it was down to the usual rubbing and rolling. Gotland is quite an easy fibre to felt and is a lovely shade of grey.

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I was ably assisted in my endeavours by Puck. Puck never likes to be far from me and often follows me around the house as I do my chores. A blanket lined box on a sunny windowsill is just the place from which to watch others work.

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Cut from the resist and turned right way out. Being a long fibres you can see that the fibres have migrated right through the Merino pre-felt which has lost some definition.

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The Soay yarn has almost completely disappeared as it was quite fine. Obviously if I was repeating this I’d lay it on more thickly.

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No shoulder strap this time just simple slits in the wool to form hand holds. I like this simple shape of bag and it’s very easy to do.

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