- I bought new sewing pins that are super great, I should make them an equally fabulous pin cushion.
- What does one use to stuff a pincushion? Wouldn't poly-fibrefill be squeaky?
- Wool! Wool is always a good answer!
- Where does one buy wool for stuffing?
- *google* Hmm... that looks expensive. And ... processed.
- I should look for a local farm and order some wool and then I can wash it, and comb it, and even take up needle felting with it! That sounds awesome!
- Here's a farm on Vancouver Island that sells raw fleeces. Perfect!
- *after e-mail correspondence with farmer* No, I don't want a Queen size batt done up already, that would take the fun out of it. Washing wool totally looks easy, if a little labour intensive.
- *wool arrives* Gah, why does my house smell like barn? Oh...
- *first bit of wool soaking in the laundry sink* What have I gotten myself into?
After washing the first little bit of wool in my laundry sink, I used it all to make my pincushion. Then I slid the rest of the box of fleece into a corner of my craft room with a promise to "get to it later". Come December, I moved my daughter into the craft room, and my craft stuff into my bedroom. The box of fleece remained in the hallway as I steadfastly ignored it.
Earlier this week, the cats finally took an interest in the sheepy smelling box, and I knew it was time to deal with it. So, in an ever optimistic move, I dumped the whole box into the bathtub.
Then I hosed 'er down with the showerhead. I'm not going to be spinning this wool, so I wasn't too careful about it felting on me. Ick.
|Image taken from Vicki Stirling's children's literature blog, Originally from Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox.|
|My bathroom still smells of wet sheep.|
Now it's been drying in my bathroom for 2 days. And I need to buy some hand carders.
Imagine if I should want a wool dress! I'd start in the fabric store, decide I don't quite like the colour of a fabric, think about dying it, then decide that the weave isn't quite the right density making the hand of the fabric all wrong, so I should just weave my own, then an hour later I'd be in out in a pasture, shears in hand going after a fluffy sheep.
|These ones from Birkeland Bros. will do nicely.|