Right after I have an intense, frenzied art making session, I’m usually wrung out and hungry for Mexican food with a cold beer. This time after welding the trumpet sculpture and fast & furiously slinging steel, I was amped up, ready for some more art making! I’ve been wanting to use the Churro Sheep wool that my friend Marjorie sent me courtesy of her "girls." My recent felting class inspired me because I was able to compare how beautiful the Churro wool is and was inspired to learn how to wash and dry it for felting. Gus wasn’t so convinced –he thought the washed wool drying in the laundry room looked like an “old persons hair!” The washing process is not too difficult but it was intimidating because I read that too much handling or agitation tightens the
wool fibers right up. I picked out the natural debris that was in the wool before I washed it and fortunately, Daddy-O had installed a nice mop sink in the laundry room that used to be for my work in clay, just off of my studio area. The sink was perfect for the two hot water washes and clean water soaks. After the first wash the water was muddy, dark brown, so much so that I thought I would never be able to get the wool clean on my own,
but the wool washed up amazingly fast thanks to Dawn dishwater dete
rgent. The water was completely clear in the rinse after the second hot, soapy soak. I already know the miracles of Dawn from my greasy hand clean-up after welding days. Dawn really works –they even use it for cleaning up oil-soaked animals after environmental disasters. I had to keep from wanting to scrub, squeeze and wring out the wool, especially since I didn’t have any of the net laundry bags that is recommended. I gently flat-hand squished out all of the excess water and let dry in the warm laundry room and the wool would be fine to use as
soon as it dried. I finished up my little Boston Terrier (he's got little black, glass bead eyes sewn on too -it's just hard to see in the photo) I started in the felting class and with the left over black C-1 Black wool I made a sheep body to to felt the washed Churro wool to. I really like the natural ends of the sheep wool, they are beautiful for embellishment detail on a felted critter. Definitely more felting practice (including taking pictures!) is in order and I want to make some more sheep after I get some more base materials. So many mediums, so little time!