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A word about Icelandic sheep fleece!
Fantastic for Felting
Handling Icelandic Fiber
1: proper washing agent
Soap is alkaline and aids in the felting process so we don't want to use that! USE DETERGENT: it has an agent know as surfactant. Do not use one that contains bleach. The bleach breaks down the fiber and makes it brittle. Dawn dish detergent is a good choice. It is gentle and cost affordable.
Getting the fiber wet
Icelandic wool felts VERY easy. You can use a bathtub, wash tub, or washing machine. NO AGITATION- rubbing the fibers together. If you are using a washing machine fill it with the hottest water possible and set the dial to spin cycle BEFORE putting the fiber into the machine. It is too easy to forget, the machine goes to agitating, and you end up with a felted mess (I am speaking from experience).
The process of cleaning the fiber is called scouring. This removes the lanolin and dirt. You must use water of 160 degrees or more to dissolve the lanolin. You can use the hot setting of your washer or boil some on the stove.
DO not put the fleece in a washer while filling it!
You may need to repeat the wash cycle once more depending on the amount of dirt is in the fleece. Then you will rinse by following the steps above but without the detergent.
If you wish you can dye the wool at this point. Visit our page on Dying Wool to see more.