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Wet Finish

3 Jul

I finished my second rug from the cored yarn that made out of Maybeline’s fleece.

Before the tails were finished

That means it was ready for a wet finish.  The first one too.  I was absolutely clueless how to do a wet finish, but I did know it was necessary.  All the fibers in the rugs were loose.  They basically needed to be felted to make sure everything stayed in place.  I did some research and decided to try it.

I had a skirting table given to me, so I got it out and cleaned it off and set it on a couple of patio chairs.  This would be my drying rack.

Then, I got a new kiddie pool out and filled it with hot water.

It was straight out of the tap, but it was still hot enough that I really didn’t need Sky’s supervision.  When I was finished with everything, Sky had to sample the water.  Seriously?

Sky

I threw the first rug in and got it thoroughly wet and agitated it by swishing it around. Then I let it soak for a couple of minutes.  Agitated again and let it sit, and then I got it out and rolled it up to let a bit of the water out. (I forgot to take pictures of this part with the first rug, so you get the second one.)

Snickers thought I was a little crazy.

Snickers

Then I took it to the washing machine.  I actually had to see if I had a setting on my washer that would let me just spin the water out.  I found drain/spin.  That works.

When it was done, I was a little afraid that I was going to open the washer to find a giant clump of nasty wet llama wool instead of my rug.  But it was perfect!  I took it out to put on the drying rack and did the second rug.

If I did it correctly, they are now truly finished!

I took the latest shearing to be processed, and this time, it’s all going to be done in this cored yarn.  I might be addicted.  Seriously addicted.  I  might need more llamas.