That is what we hear and it is such a shame. This country grew rich from sheep fleece (I shall leave that subject for another time). Fleece is versatile and sustainable but we do not use it all. We should not waste fleece. Even spinners, myself included, will spread out a fleece and separate the best fibre from the parts which are not good enough for spinning. The rejected fibre is usually found around the edge of the fleece. It may have been dyed by the raddle or matted and covered with sheep muck and vegetable matter. The separation of the unwanted fleece is known as skirting. Also there are guard hairs found on some fleece which can be removed and discarded if particularly course.
A Chimney Plug. A what! To stop draughts, due to an open fireplace and chimney, use a Chimney Plug.
To make: Measure chimney width and depth. You will need enough fabric to make an envelope i.e. 2 thicknesses and 10cm/4″ larger all around than the size of the chimney flue. Fill the envelope with washed or unwashed, unwanted, unusable fleece. Too much is better than too little fleece. Sew the 4th side of the envelope. Sew through all layers to hold fleece in place. Mine looks like buttoned upholstery. You could plug the chimney now but I like to wash the plug in the washing machine to slightly felt the fleece. Dry. Attach, in the centre a medallion (I used a fir cone) on a piece of yarn to hang. Now place plug in chimney with the medallion hanging and visible in the grate. This medallion serves as a reminder not to light a fire whilst the chimney is blocked. Bob’s your uncle!
When the plug needs to be removed, place a bucket in the fireplace, pull the medallion and out will come the plug and any debris into the bucket. Shake plug outside and it is ready for when the chimney is no longer in use.
Contact me with your ideas for unwanted fleece.
Til next time.
Jane at Broadstone Rare Breeds uses waste fleece – She places it around the base of young trees to stop weeds growing and taking precious nutrients.http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BroadstoneRareBreeds