As promised, here is installment one on how to wash a fleece. Today’s focus is on using the washing machine. Yes. If you inherited a top load washer, you can wash a fleece in it! Carefully. Very carefully.
As you most likely know, fleeces felt with agitation. Therefore, it’s more soaking and rinsing a fleece in the washer than “washing” the fleece in the manner a that your lovely machine was designed for. Stay close. Watch it like a hawk, and every thing will be fine.
I personally prefer to wash fleeces with low vegetable matter, low lanolin, and low yuck factor this way. Also, I try to keep the fleece between two and five pounds. Over or under, and my mom’s washer tends to become unbalanced.
1. Fill tub with hot water and turn off machine.
2. Add your soap and swish lightly.
3. Submerge your wool and close the lid.
4. Wait about 30 minutes
5. Put your washer on spin – SKIP AGITATION!!
6. Fill with hot water and turn machine off. If you think your wool is still mucky or greasy go ahead and repeat steps two through five. If you’re happy let your wool soak in this rinse water.
7. Spin again
9. Place in a sunny spot laid out on a screen or on a rack to dry.
It’s not as scary as it sounds. Just remember that agitation is what causes felting. As long as you keep it to soaking and spinning you’ll be fine.
Stay tuned for hand washing!
In all you do,
Craft no Harm
Moriah and the flock