Fleece Washing Fundamentals

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Date(s) - 19/04/2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trillium Park


Wool washing and grading for spinners and dyers

Learn how to get the most out of your (local) fleece by grading and washing for your specific needs! We’ll go over grading for quality, and then full scouring for dyeing using a hot water and soap method. We will also go over the process of doing cold water soaks and suint fermentation.

Offered in April and June, this is a small class size of 6 maximum, and the group will grade and wash one of EartHand’s program fleeces allowing lots of time for questions and answers so each person leaves ready to  prep their own fleece.

No credit required with sign up- as your registration helps support Nicola’s payment in getting EartHand program work done!

The cost of this program is partially sponsored by EartHand.

Nicola Hodges is a textile enthusiast who’s focused her skills on working with wool. She first learnt how to wash fleece by dishsoap and garden hose in a Strathcona backyard many years ago but has since washed many more fleeces in many more ways, most recently culminating in working at Longway Homestead Mill in Manitoba, washing and grading in a production environment. She brings this knowledge and her experience as a spinner and dyer with her into this workshop.