The Spindle & Dyepot Guild (Wisconsin)
The Spindle & Dyepot Guild (Wisconsin) took a field trip to The Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill to view the process of taking raw fiber through the steps of finished spinning, plying, and dyeing of the yarn. Of special interest was the washing procedure used with skirted but dirty wool. A top-loading washer is filled with water on the hottest setting, followed by adding detergent at three times the recommended amount for laundry. After mixing it well to dissolve the soap, the wool is submersed for 20 minutes into the water, then the washer is drained and the wool removed. The washing is repeated a second time before the wool is rinsed and spread over screens to dry. The wool is taken out between each cycle to fill the tub with water.