Washing Common Wool

Today I washed common, skirted wool in preparation for dyeing a sample with haskap.  I started with a weighed half pound.  It filled a 20 litre stainless steel pot when it was pushed down, but not packed…

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…this is the same half pound set outside the pot…

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Temperature set to 160F…

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With Tide in the water (stir detergent in gently – no suds), the wool immediately soaked in…the pot was 3/4 full of water…

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…after 20 minutes the water was filthy.  Gently push the wool down every five minutes or so, but do not agitate or it will felt…

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Taken out to drain in preparation for a new change of water, here’s a pic of the first washing (right) next to unwashed wool (left)…

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Second wash water…

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Following two washes the wool was rinsed…but the water is still mildly dirty…

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While it needs a second rinsing, the wool was set out to dry since I ran out of soft water…

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…I will rinse the second time before I mordant.

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