Obtaining and Preparing Fiber
Fleeces ready to be processed.
Once I have cleaned the fiber, I sort it and prepare it for dyeing. In addition to wool, I dye other fibers as well, such as bamboo and silk.
Next, I sort all my dyed work start assembling color and texture palettes. This is preparation for making an Art Batt...
Making a Art Batt
This is the fiber gathered in preparation for making the batt; it is helpful to plan a color scheme ahead and have all of your fiber ready next to the carder:
Here is what the fiber looks like once I have it all on the drum carder; it is a lot like painting!
Here is what the batt looks like having just been taken off the carder:
Here is the batt being prepared to be rolled for neatness:
Finally, here is the batt in its final stage, ready for spinning:
My trusty spinning wheel... and my mom's pup Casey. =)
Next I felt the WoolyWire so that the fiber stays put on the wire. Then finally, comes cutting and packaging. Lots of steps from sheep to final product, but so much fun to see the end result. I especially love working with color. I hope you enjoyed this little behind-the-scenes glimpse of WoolyWire!