Milling for the ANWG Blanket Project

For three Tuesdays, members of our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild gathered at Dorothy’s to process and spin local fibre for the ANWG 2017 Blanket Project.

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The first step is opening up the fleece with the Patrick Green picker in preparation for carding.

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We also tried out Dorothy’s new picker for the first time.

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Next comes carding with the electric carder.  First we worked on LaBraun’s grey fleece.

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We also started work on a white fleece from Happy Chick Farm.

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After two passes through the carder the rough fleece has become a lovely smooth batt.

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Andrew was busy with the combs producing some beautiful, soft brown Romney rolags which were given to Roberta to spin.

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After being weighed and divided into 4 ounce lots, bags were given out to Guild members to spin.

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We also filled bags to distribute at June’s Northern Spin-in.  Helene from the Powell River Guild carded some of the fleece and then took it home to spin.

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Joan and Bonnie compared their skeins.

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Lynda and Merrily collected and admired the skeins spun so far.  Our blanket will be a special Guild project with contributions by many members.

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Heather Apple

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