How to Wash Wool and Fiber

Wash Wool and Fiber correctly…. without felting it! I was going through my old posts the other day and realized that my tutorial for how to wash wool and fiber is totally inadequate. That was a special — washing wool with rainwater — post. Well, the timing is perfect since I just bought a bunch […]

Thoughts on My Favorite Fiber & Yarn Dyes

It kind of fascinates me how the different colors of fiber and yarn dyes (and different brands) behave. Some are easy to dissolve, and others are not. Some will completely change color over time, others don’t. My preferred dyes for fiber and yarn are Jacquard Acid Dyes but Cushings has a few colors that I […]

Why is Alpaca so much harder to wash than Wool?

I should say why is alpaca fiber so much harder to GET CLEAN. I wash and wash and wash that stuff, sometimes up to 10 washes and it never seems to get completely clean.  Sheep wool, on the other hand, gets nicely clean after about 3-4 washes. See! Nice and fluffy and CLEAN!!  Well, I […]

Do Fiber Dyes go bad? Well, it depends…

Depends on what you mean by ‘Bad’. I tend to dye large quantities of yarn or fiber at a time so I’ll mix up 1/2 gallon batches of each color. Most of the time, there will be some dye left over. As it sits in the bottle, things happen. Some colors, like Kelly Green will […]

Did ya know? Soap residue can degrade your fiber over time.

Yup. Tis true. Leftover soap in your yarn, fiber or finished wool pieces can break down the fibers. But there is an easy, inexpensive way to counteract this. Vinegar! Of course, it’s the next best thing to duct tape, right? After washing your fiber, soak it in a bowl of water with a splash of […]

Moths in your wool fiber, now what??

Do you have moths in your fiber or yarn stash? Also read: More Wool Moth Prevention Tips So you took all of the precautions in storing your fiber… washed it and carefully put it in an open, airy place with dryer sheets or herbal sachets and yet, you have wool moths.  What to do?? First, […]

More Wool Moth prevention tips

Well, I got so many great comments on how to prevent a fiber moth infestation that I thought I’d share those with you before moving on to fixing the problem. Here were some of your ideas: 3 days in the deep freezer, 3 days out, then 3 days back in, twice a year, spring and […]

Moths in your wool or fiber? How do you store your prized fleeces?

How do you store your wool fiber?  There’s nothing worse than walking into your fiber room and seeing a small, tan colored moth flying around.  What do you do? You know the saying… An ounce of prevention. Obviously, the best choice is to not get them in the first place. Wool moths prefer dark areas […]

Felting Trivia – Did you know?

Felting is probably the oldest form of fiber art Protein fiber spins or is felted because it has little barbs which catch on one another Felt will not ravel and can be cut What causes felting?  Agitation and extreme temperature changes Felt can be made waterproof if heavily felted. Wool does not easily catch fire […]

What’s the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama?

I get this all the time….. here’s a good pic I found on Alpaca Culture‘s facebook page: Peace, Annette

Felting Basics

Felting fascinates me.  What a great medium!   There are lots of different techniques but basically it boils down to dry or wet.  Here are just a few…. Nuno Felting Basically, it is the art of wet felting fiber through a piece of open weave fabric such as gauze or chiffon.  The fiber is placed on […]

Washing of the Alpaca Fiber

So I decided to delve into washing my own alpaca fiber. Usually I just send it to the mill for processing but I have so much that will not become yarn or roving, I decided what the heck. Not like i have anything else to do (ahem). Well…quickly found out this can be an exercise […]