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Raw wool project 2

As promissed I will share my newest raw wool project. I felt quite inspired to give it a go too again after  "discovering" my wools again and giving a workshop with raw wools.

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result of the workshop: 

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So I started laying out 4 layers of carded Gotland wool, on top of that I added different kind of raw wools. Some I even forgot which breed of sheep it comes from... But I recognised the Racka wool, white and grey, Gotland curls grey, voskopschaap, and brown quessantwool (not completely sure). 

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As I wanted to have a clear divorced line in between the raw wol I added a color in between: red merino fleecewool.

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Now that was the dry part... now I needed to wet it all with soapy water. I think I used at least 3 of these buckets completely filled . Luckily I have the table slightly lower in one corner, so all the water ends up in and even bigger tub and i can re-use the water again. 

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From "airy" heigh to wet solid low..... 

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When all the wool was completely wetted and little massaged, I rolled it up first in bubble wrap after that also in an old blanket. So while rolling the "roll" it could not slip away all the time, but being able to roll..   Lots of water came out ofcourse..... needed all my buckets I coul find .....  praying for help with rolling up the wool, as it became more and more heavy to roll it up into a nice bundle, but I managed!! And Janna all of a sudden came to help me :)

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And as an extra handy tip for you:  I secured the blanket with ropes so while rolling it stayed as a nice bundle.... 

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after opening and re-rolling it  few times, Janna wanted to roll the felt with the "Knackebrod" roller I bought in Sweden some years ago

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After a long time, I descided it was enoug felted, rinsed the whole piece and wanted to add it into the spinner.... but the rug was too big :( So I took out as much water as possible and let it dry flat on my floor, which has floor heating... and still in use due to the very cold weather here :(

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Here a detail while still wet, 

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And a picture nearly in total. I never worked with colored wool in combination with this pure natural wool, but somehow I think it is ok. What do you think?

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Enjoy your weekend!

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the raw wool project part 4

As promissed I show you the result so far. But here a picture when I was rinsing.

viltalakim, raw wool, wol Let’s hope I rinsed it well enoug

viltalakim, wool, felt, vilt, kleedI am concentrating on the locks, can you see I “watered” them pointed to the middle?

wet locks, viltalakim, vilt, felt, wol, wool After that I let it dry on the table, but when my mother came she said why not put it into your spinner??? and we folded it and found out it was to big (and heavy) for my spinner. So we left it drying like this,

viltalakim, vilt, rug And now in the morning it was still wet ( of course),  I opened it up and placed it over 4 chairs. Let’s hope the wind will blow the  water out soon :)

viltalakim, vilt, felt, tapijt, wandkleed, wol after that I think I need to check every lock and decide if I will comb some locks out or not…

Have a nice weekend I am already thinking of a new project :)

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Yes finally it was the wetting part day!! Luckily I didn’t have to do this all alone :) As imagine all this wool wet … what a weight it would get??? wel I can tell you I didn’t weight it but 20 kg was nothing,  carrying it with 2 people was heavy enoug….  but we managed.

Around 11 ‘o clock Reya and her daughter and Mariana Cilliberto came in and we started with, what plan I had… So we wetted the whole thing with hot water and pressing all the wool down.

viltalakim, Reya Veltman, Mariana Cilliberto me runningup and down the garden stairs to get hot water inside… first part of my workout today ;-)

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The weather was nice , but way to much wind so we had to cover it with plastic. So finallay everything was wetted and liters of hot water were poored out. Now the next step: rolling the wool so it started to entangle.

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Unfortunately Reya had to go home again, but before she left she took a great picture of Mariana and me , Thank you very much for that and ofcourse for your help!!


I wanted to add a layer of fabric underneath just to make sure.  As I wasn’t conficdent my first 2 layesr of wool were thick enough to carry al l the weight of the locks.

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So we unrolled the piece “upside down”and “Voila” the locks were down. On the  fabric we placed a very thins layer of Gotland wool and oh boy was that diffycult to do. we had such a strong wind today…

After rolling it at the table, I decided to try and add the roll behind my Bicycle… something I have been thinking about for a week or so, inspired by the Mongolian people whom add their felt bundle behind a horse.

viltalakim, felting, vilten,  So I took my bicycle, the roll, a (bamboo) stick, some antislip cloth and a rope , adding it together and attached it to my bike

viltalakim, felting, vilten, fiets Let’s try…. oef heavy …..

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I came about 5 meters and them my bundel got mixed up with the ropes, so we had to think of something to improve. I saw a solution in adding another stick to keep the ropes at a certain distance , using my florist tape for that :)

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Viltalakim, bike, fiets and it worked!!!!  Mariana also gave it a try and after opening it we pakced it all agai n and I cycled a little block: my  street little flat, a street upwards and a street downwards :) It worked just the corners were a little diffycult. One tip for you all whom are going to try this too, make sure You’ll not be seen by police as ofcourse this is too dangerous for when other cyclers or traffic wants to pass. I got a warning from someone for that….

After a block I unrolled it and rolled it into the other directions so every side was going to be felted. My kids and her friends wanted to help too se we did a fleting dance on the rug they loved it, “more soap , more soap Kim!! “

 And then finally the rinsing part  let’s see if it it felted well enoug…..viltalakim, washing, felt, woolI hope I can show you the final dry result…

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will be continued….



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For today this is my workspace:

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It feels so good to be working outside…  end the feeling gets even better when I hear this  at the radio:” the weather today will be grey , cloudy but in Limburg (my area)  sometimes sun… ” well to be honest I had sunshine all day :)

At my 2 terrace tables  ca 1 kg of carded Swedish Gotland wool… placed them in 2 layers.. raw wool will follow soon after I picked up the kids from school

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Feeling a super lucky girl.. ahum woman, hihihi

Fingers crossed I  will be able to  finish with placing the wools, before darkness.. the wetting part will be a task for tomorrow I think…  let’s hope I can finish this huge piece on my own..


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