Thoughts on 10.3 – Fulling in the Washing Machine

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    • #157104
      Ginette
      Keymaster

        Let us know your thoughts on 10.3 – Fulling in the Washing Machine.

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      • #157105
        Barbara
        Participant

          Do you sell any of your mohair blankets online?

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        • #157106
          Jane
          Keymaster

            Hi Barbara, we don’t sell our mohair blankets online… yet! 🙂 Cheers, Jane.

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          • #157107
            Annie
            Participant

              I have a front loading washing machine – any recommendations for dealing with it? Annie

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              • #157108
                Jane
                Keymaster

                  Hi Annie,
                  I have almost no experience with front loaders. I did mention in the video that I had used my friends to do that one sample I showed and it turned out perfectly. I was able to open the door and check it. I wasn’t able to do it immediately, I had to wait for a minute until the water settled and then I could open the door. It took around 5 minutes. Hope this helps,
                  Jane

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              • #157109
                Betty.allen
                Participant

                  I have a Schacht standard loom. If I understand correctly my shed will not be as open. Can I weave mohair and if so will it be more problematic? Your video was fascinating to watch the process.

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                  • #157110
                    Ginette
                    Keymaster

                      Hi Betty,
                      Jane wove the mohair scarf in Episode 9.1 on a Schacht Wolf Pup so you should be ok on their standard loom.

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                  • #157111
                    Leslie
                    Participant

                      Should I brush a non-mohair blanket — say one made from Harrisville Shetland?

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                      • #157112
                        Ginette
                        Keymaster

                          Hi Leslie, I’ve brushed a Harrisville blanket with the same technique as Jane demonstrates and it worked out great. Try brushing a corner and see if you like how it looks and feel.

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                      • #157113
                        madrod1
                        Participant

                          Was this blanket all mohair?

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                          • #157116
                            Ginette
                            Keymaster

                              Hi madrod1, yes, the blanket that Jane washed in this episode is all mohair.

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                            cdewitte
                            Participant

                              How do you wash a mohair blanket after using it for some time?

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                              • #157115
                                Ginette
                                Keymaster

                                  Hi cdewitte, you could get it dry cleaned, might be a good way to go. If you did wash it at home, I would do it in a tub of cold water with the tiniest bit of soap, just soak it for a bit and then rinse it, then brush it again.

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                                  • #157117
                                    Sandra
                                    Keymaster

                                      I would just add – if you have a laundry tub next to your washing machine, I sometimes wash “gentles” there and then spin them out a bit (no agitation) in my washing machine. It helps to get the water out before you hang to dry or brush again.

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                                • #157118
                                  dena.hirchak
                                  Participant

                                    Hi, This is such great information about finishing mohair and silk handwovens. Thank you!
                                    I’m curious how you wet finish all the cotton samples and tea towels we’ll be making in Season 2. Do you just throw them in the washing machine with the other laundry (warm water) and line dry or dryer on low?

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                                    • #157119
                                      Ginette
                                      Keymaster

                                        Hi Dena,
                                        If your samples are all cotton (warp & weft), yes you can throw them in the washing machine, line dry or dryer. If you use some silk for your weft on the samples, then wash them by hand and hang to dry.

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                                      Gale Larsen
                                      Participant

                                        Would most of the rules apply for an alpaca blanket?

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                                        • #157122
                                          Sandra
                                          Keymaster

                                            Yes they would, Gale 🙂

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                                          Rosanna Lovecchio
                                          Participant

                                            Are you air drying your mohair scarves and blankets flat?

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                                            • #161534
                                              Ginette
                                              Keymaster

                                                Hi Rosanna,

                                                Jane will hang them on the cloth-line to dry outside the studio. I do that as well. It takes no time for them to dry once you’ve brushed them.

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                                            • #161913
                                              nancy carol
                                              Participant

                                                Fascinating to watch the transformation! I have never worked with mohair, but anxious to try it and use this method of fulling it. Question–do you ever use a no-rinse soap agent, like Eucalan? Or would it not work for this?

                                                Thank you!

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                                                • #161915
                                                  Sandra
                                                  Keymaster

                                                    Hi Nancy, Jane uses a gentle liquid dish detergent that adds suds and slipperiness to the water and helps full the mohair.  A gentle liquid laundry detergent would do the same in the washing machine.  Have fun!

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                                                  Pauline Bellecci
                                                  Participant

                                                    Is there a particular type of bristle on the hairbrushes Jane uses? Do Natural Bristle vs synthetic/nylon work equally well?

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                                                    • #170225
                                                      Sandra
                                                      Keymaster

                                                        Good morning, Pauline.  You can find more about the brush Jane uses as well as how she finishes Mohair on the JST Knowledge Base.  There is a wealth of weaving information there to discover 😉

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                                                      Kellie Stapleton
                                                      Participant

                                                        I have a front loader, only a few years old. I read the comment above……. you’d recommend still using a machine (front load) vs. a wash tub and doing a blanket by hand?

                                                         

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                                                        • #170843
                                                          Ginette
                                                          Keymaster

                                                            Hi Kellie,

                                                            A blanket can be done by hand but it takes much longer opposed to a washing machine. The washer will also help full evenly easier than by hand. That said, I’m sure there are lots of tips for hand fulling. Jane did full a piece in the front loader that she talks about on the lesson. Also, my mother in law fulls all her mohair or wool blankets in her front loader. Not sure if she’s able to stop her machine. Are you able to do that with yours?

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                                                          Kellie Stapleton
                                                          Participant

                                                            I’ve watched the full video. Jane only slightly comments about a front loader and the only point mentioned is waiting for the water to settle before one opens the door. What lesson do you mean? Yes, I can stop the washer, but it would be impossible to check the rinsing as Jane does with the door open. Any other references available?

                                                             

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                                                            • #170898
                                                              Sandra
                                                              Keymaster

                                                                Hi Kellie, there is an item on the Knowledge Base that is a discussion that took place on Ravelry on using front-loading washing machines.  I hope this helps.

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                                                              Kellie Stapleton
                                                              Participant

                                                                If one were to complete the fulling by hand in a washing tub. How long of manual agitation (smooshing) might it take?  Basically, it was about 4 min. in a machine.

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                                                                • #171141
                                                                  Sandra
                                                                  Keymaster

                                                                    I can’t answer your question, Kellie – there are too many “it depends” involved 😉  It depends on your water temperature, the soap you use, the size of your project, the yarns you use, etc.  The best thing you can do is to watch Jane fulling at the sink .

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                                                                  Audrey Clark
                                                                  Participant

                                                                    I’m planning on copying Jane and buying a hand carder to brush blankets with the cloth stapled on backwards.  What’s the best TPI for brushing wool?  Thank you.

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                                                                    • #173076
                                                                      Sandra
                                                                      Keymaster

                                                                        Have you seen Jane’s piece in the Knowledge Base on brushing mohair and the brush she uses?

                                                                        Brushing Mohair

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                                                                      Audrey Clark
                                                                      Participant

                                                                        I did, thank you.  I’m still interested in the hand carder.  There are lots of options for TPI, ranging from ~70-190.  Typically wool is carded at <120, but I wouldn’t be carding fleece, I’d be brushing woven wool.  Any thoughts on the density of the tines?  Thank you.

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                                                                          Sandra
                                                                          Keymaster

                                                                            Well – you’ve got me there 😏 I have hand cards in the basement but I haven’t used them for many years since I decided I really couldn’t do it all in one lifetime.  I imagine that hand cards have improved since I acquired mine! Hopefully someone else will be able to help.

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                                                                          Bettie Shea
                                                                          Participant

                                                                            Very first Harrisville Shetland blanket! Not perfect, but I am PROUD. My machine couldn’t accommodate me, so I filled it in the kitchen sink, so that was hard, but so worth it! What a difference that water made. I was afraid I had made burlap! 😜F5BE7FE2-0E0C-4CA2-A0B7-98A037BFF060

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                                                                            Bettie Shea
                                                                            Participant

                                                                              Thanks Sandra. Perfect. There really is magic in the water! 😁

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                                                                              Trish
                                                                              Participant

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                                                                                Is there a place where Jane talks about finishing towels?  I’ve done blankets before but am curious how long the pieces are that go into the machine, whether she cuts them all apart or have long lengths eg 6 yards – and if not, why not…questions like that 🙂 thanks

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                                                                                Amie Ritchie
                                                                                Participant

                                                                                  I have felted a lot of knit items in the dryer (front load washer/dryer, just got new ones- so haven’t checked- I think I can stop the new one easier than the old washer)…  but would that technique work for weaving as well (wet, soapy and in with a wet towel in the dryer)

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                                                                                  • #190736
                                                                                    Sandra
                                                                                    Keymaster

                                                                                      Maybe someone else can advise you 😉 I’m still a “by-hand” person after seeing the results of me not paying enough attention when things turned fast in the machine.  Here’s an article from the Knowledge Base about one weaver’s method with a front loading machine.

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                                                                                    Trish
                                                                                    Participant

                                                                                      Does Jane talk about finishing tea towels anywhere – I haven’t seen it – I’d like to know if she cuts them all apart before going into the washer- or in sections and if not why?  I’ve tried many ways but none are 100% satisfying 🙂  look forward to hear back!
                                                                                      thanks

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                                                                                    • #193335
                                                                                      Jane
                                                                                      Keymaster

                                                                                        It is all in Season 1 Epiosde 10.8  The last video I hem tea towels and explain my approach.

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                                                                                        Diane – Boston
                                                                                        Participant

                                                                                          Do you use the same fulling/brushing process with a Shetland warp and Mohair weft?

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                                                                                          • #196245
                                                                                            Sandra
                                                                                            Keymaster

                                                                                              Here’s an article from the Knowledge Base where Jane talks about a Shetland warp and mohair weft.

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                                                                                              Sandra
                                                                                              Keymaster

                                                                                                Here’s an article from the Knowledge Base where Jane talks about a Shetland warp and mohair weft.

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