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Message started by David Morningstar on Dec 30th, 2021 at 2:20pm

Title: From fleece to sling
Post by David Morningstar on Dec 30th, 2021 at 2:20pm
I have just finished this, I started with raw fleece and ended up with a sling. It has been picked, drafted, spun, plied, skeined, washed, rinsed, snapped, dried, braided, and woven. I'm feeling pretty accomplished right now  8-)

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Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Teg on Dec 30th, 2021 at 2:25pm
;D You have every right to feel accomplished! Well done!
However, to complete the circle, you still have to catch and shear a sheep, preferably with the use of a sling   ;).

Jokes aside: You used your soft loom method, if I see correctly?

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by vetryan15 on Dec 30th, 2021 at 2:55pm
Thats amazing, are u gonna do a tutorial of the whole process?

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by David Morningstar on Dec 30th, 2021 at 3:45pm
@Teg This is a standard split braid pouch with a warp sewn ladder-fashion between the sides and then woven longitudinally from the outsides in to the centre.

@vetryan15 I might do an overview of the spinning process but a full tutorial is probably beyond me, there are many excellent spinning resources on YouTube already, which is how I learned.

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Morphy on Dec 30th, 2021 at 6:52pm
Is that a homemade drop spindle? Well done by the way thats quite an amazing accomplishment. I have a Himalayan cat that sheds constantly and I keep thinking I need to try and drop spindle her fur into a sling. A sheep might be a bit easier though.

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by MMF on Dec 30th, 2021 at 8:53pm
Very cool! I don't even know all of the verbs you used...

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by BasedCrusader on Dec 31st, 2021 at 12:16am
Thats amazing man! I wanna try to make one from grass, for survival purposes, but i dont even know where to begin!

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by David Morningstar on Dec 31st, 2021 at 2:56am
@Morphy it is an Andean pushka, something that the native people use to spin their llama and sheep's wool. I got it off eBay.
I have made lots of my own spindles as well, some using wooden toy wheels as whorls and others with pit fired clay whorls.
This is a link to an FB post describing a clay whorl firing:

https://www.facebook.com/david.colter/posts/10221432492302602/

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by David Morningstar on Dec 31st, 2021 at 4:24am
@BasedCrusader start with making reverse twist cordage until you are good at it, there are loads of different YouTube videos about that. Then you can make a sling with a leather pouch and grass cords, and eventually move on to making a three strand twist-and-braid instead of a two strand twist-and-reverse-twist, this is how the Balearic slings are made.

This is a master at work: https://youtu.be/v_idbv43wP0

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Gaius Marcellus Nerva on Dec 31st, 2021 at 11:53am
Looks really good!

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 31st, 2021 at 5:37pm
Fantastic accomplishment!  And a beautiful sling!

If you had to take a guess, how many hours do you you think you have into it from raw material to completed sling?

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Jaegoor on Jan 1st, 2022 at 3:51am
Respekt David. Es ist eine aufwendige Arbeit. Dein Ergebnis ist sehr gelungen.

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Rat Man on Jan 1st, 2022 at 7:36am
Excellent!

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Archaic Arms on Jan 1st, 2022 at 6:41pm
Always very satisfying to make something from scratch.
Well done!

Title: Re: From fleece to sling
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jan 6th, 2022 at 6:59am
Someone's been a busy lad !

Bloody awesome mate :thumb:
Have the first gold star of 2022 !
I've never attempted to shear a sheep, but we used to have friends with a sheep farm in Yorkshire.
So I have dipped sheep :-)
That's where you learn not to grab the horns - they just come off in your hand.

There's usually plenty of sheeps wool around flocks. It gets caught on fences, brambles, bushes etc. So wool gathering - is a genuine thing - and doesn't actually have to include shearing.

Really impressive :-)

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