I happen to have on hand a couple of Jacobs fleeces that I had processed early last year to spin. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to try out my project idea.
I am glad I did! I learned a lot about working with these fleeces. They are a different breed than the fleece rug I wove before, the fiber needs a little more help as I weave to keep in the roving form. So I made some adjustments.
I also found that even though I thought I had plenty of roving, I did not. The finished rug is about 3/4 of the size I thought it was going to be. I weighed the finished rug and did some calculations and I estimated that I will need approximately 1 1/2 lbs of roving to make a rug 30x45 inches. Then I weighed the rug I made that size out of the Museum fleeces, and found that it was exactly 1 1/2 lbs!
Here is the rug made out of the Museum fleeces, you can see why I am so excited by the colorful Jacobs fleece rug. It is going to take a lot of processing, but I am so happy with the results that I think it will be well worth the work.
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina
The girls are getting along pretty well!