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Fulled Cloth

Yardage must go through a process called fulling, that opens the fibers and changes the interwoven threads into fabric. Different fulling techniques are used for different fibers. I will describe the process that I use for fulling pure wool yardage or blankets. After all skips, broken threads or other mistakes have been corrected, the yardage can be fulled. Be brave, but please also be very careful as your lovely blanket can quickly turn into a piece of felt, perhaps good for felted slippers but not the fluffy blanket you had hoped for.

In order to full my newly woven blankets, I fill my washing machine with hot water and add some laundry detergent. I then place the blanket into the washer. I turn the washing machine on, and stand by it watching the blanket agitate. Time this process and check the blanket every 30 seconds. Turn the washer off and pull out part of the blanket to check on the amount of fulling that has occurred. Turn the washer back on and let agitate another 30 seconds and again check. This fulling process usually takes about 2 – 3 minutes.

The spinning oils and lanolin are removed with washing. The heat and agitation begin the felting process in the wool, opening up the individual fibers and interlocking them together. When the individual threads no longer move separately, but begin to join together, and the yardage starts to look more like fabric or a blanket (as it should), then stop the washer. If you are not sure if it has agitated enough, it is better to stop than continue, as you can always full the yardage further if need be, however, it is not possible to go back.

Drain the water out of the washer – without turning on the spin cycle. Refill the washer with cool water to rinse out the fabric but without agitation or spin cycle. Drain the water from the washer, and then turn on the spin cycle for about 30 – 60 seconds to remove the remaining water from the blanket.

Hang the finished blanket to dry. Enjoy!

The Village Mill

Laura Fry specializes in wet finishing and offers workshops about weave structures, warp and weft effects, and how shrinkage and take up differences affect the finished cloth.

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Handweaving Books

The Weaver’s Book: Fundamentals of Handweaving
UK: Fundamentals of Handweaving

Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand-Weaving Techniques and Pattern Drafts for the Beginning Weaver
A definitive guide to handloom weaving: step-by-step instructions, intricacies of color, fiber and how to use them effectively.
UK: Key to Weaving

Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home
A collection of 45 different furnishing textiles: colorful blankets, fanciful table runners, classic curtains, and embroidered hand towels.
UK: Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material.
UK: Weaving Made Easy

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