Date(s) - 06/05/2020
This will be a 2 hour demonstration for 8 people over Zoom, from 7-9pm PST on Tuesday May 5th.
Hosted thru Zoom using Weshowup, it is a pay what you can class, with all proceeds going to Nicola.
Payment options range from $20,$35, $50 at end of workshop.
An online demonstration on how to grade and wash wool in your home for dyeing and spinning.
Learn how to get the most out of your fleece by grading and washing for your specific needs in your home. Focusing on the properties of wool, grading for quality, and then full scouring for dyeing using a hot water and soap method, Nicola will also cover the process of cold water soaks and suint fermentation for those with outdoor space.
Materials: Approximately 400-500g (1lb) of raw fleece, soap (dawn dish soap, or orvus paste) and a large bucket/sink/tub to wash it in, and a mesh (lingerie) bag is useful if you have one.
A 1/8th portion of a white, raw Gotland x (Romney) fleece from Susan Russel of Barnston Island can be purchased from EartHand Gleaners once you register for the workshop (link will be sent by email) The weight is near a pound in each bag
Pick up May 3rd 1-4pm from the EartHand Studio in Trillium park.
Nicola Hodges teaches with EartHand Gleaners and is a textile enthusiast who’s focused her skills on working with wool. She first learnt how to wash fleece by dish soap 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.