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    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    Having to ramp way back, and back farther. Stepping aside from the complete course I had outlined, I thought, “Well, I’ll do a standalone on washing raw wool, both small amounts and full fleeces.” Then I realized that maybe that was an entire course in itself and backed up *farther* to just a short piece on how to wash a small amount of raw wool, for someone who’s never done it before. The goal is to take something that could be intimidating and make it seem simple.

    Here’s the outline:

    New topic: One Easy Way to Wash Grease (Raw) Wool

    – Washing a whole fleece can be daunting. Start small, with a section.
    – How to make felt (which you probably don’t want to do).
    – Dirt, grease, and what takes them out—plus the redeposit concern.
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    – Find containers: colanders and bowls.
    – Select a place to work: warm water, drain, comfortable situation.
    – Put wool in colander to determine how much you can wash.
    ___
    – Fill bowl with warm water.
    – Lower colander into bowl of water and gently press wool down.
    – Leave for a few minutes.
    – Lift colander to drain wool.
    ___
    – Repeat sequence but add washing aid (talk about choices, and make it simple).
    – Two soaks, two washes, two rinses. Or whatever seems appropriate.
    – Handling the wool (reprise felt; talk about getting to know fiber).
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    – Getting the excess water out (spin, towel, whatever).
    – Appropriate drying conditions.
    – Drying the wool.

    And the storyboard leaves a LOT to be desired. Let’s see if I can attach it. Uh, no, the system doesn’t like PDFs as attachments here. Convert to JPG. Try again. File type not supported, although the specs given are within range. Going to IMGUR.

    If I can figure out which link to use.

    #21490

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    Shot breakdown: intro to washing a small amount of wool

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    1 & 2 need good weather, as does 8 (any way to shoot the same day by having already clean wool as a prop?)

    1 – A whole fleece or a small bag of raw wool

      Location: Driveway of house or back deck (funky wood)
      Specific shots for each video: Wide shot showing whole fleece unrolled; show sectioning off part to work with; show also a small bag of raw wool from a different source
      People involved: Me
      Props: Old sheet (the gray one), whole fleece (a colored one), bag of grease wool (small, probably white—maybe some of the Oregon Leicester Longwool because it’s muddy enough to really show the process; keep some similar wool unwashed for final shot)
      Equipment: Camera, tripod—will have to figure out how to film myself (framing; turning on/off)
      Other notes: Needs to be on a pleasant day with good but not too bright light—time of day = mid-morning? east light

    2 – Dirt, grease, felt, containers

      Location: Under the crabapple tree, using the green plastic chair
      Specific shots for each video: Mid-shot with some close-up sections; this is mostly talking head with the container demos
      Props: A couple of samples of fleece showing dirt, grease, and vegetable matter; the several sets of colanders and bowls I’ve collected from thrift shops
      Equipment: Camera, tripod—will have to figure out how to film myself (framing; turning on/off)
      Other notes: Needs to be on a pleasant day, and it would be nice if the crabapple were blooming, but that’s only about one week in April–it’s *today*, because we’re about to get 8-10 inches of snow that will take all the blooms off, so oh, well. . . .

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    3 & 4 are indoors and don’t require actual washing

    3 – Working space #1 kitchen

      Location: Kitchen, looking at sink
      Specific shots for each video: Fairly close shot of kitchen sink, double, with a sample bowl and colander in place
      People involved: Me
      Props: Sample bowl and colander; wool for scenery
      Equipment: Camera, likely handheld; might need a tripod to get an angle down to the sink
      Other notes: Will need to watch framing of shot and clear extraneous objects from the area

    4 – Working space #2 bathtub

      Location: Bathroom
      Specific shots for each video: Looking across at tub, with configuration of items
      People involved: Me
      Props: Colanders and bowls; towels/bathmats; scouring fluid in small container
      Equipment: Camera, likely handheld; possibly handheld
      Other notes: Basic orientation to site and set-up

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    5, 6, and 7 need to be shot sequentially on the same day: materials need to go through process. This will likely take at least 2 hours of good weather.

    5 – Angle view of washing

      Location: Bathroom
      Specific shots for each video: Angled view from the faucet end showing colander sets (one, two, or three), although I may only actively use one
      People involved: Me
      Props: Colanders and bowls; towels/bathmats; scouring fluid in small container; water
      Equipment: Camera, tripod—possiby gorillapod (figure out where to attach); will have to figure out framing
      Other notes: This section may need voice-over because of running water; it also involves a sequence of similar shots; it’s the heart of the filming project and will take the most time both in making and in final product

    6 – Drying #1 – salad spinner, terry jelly roll

      Location: This could be outside again.
      Specific shots for each video: Showing use of salad spinner; showing use of towel to squeeze out excess water; this will have to be medium-wide, to show me using the spinner and then rolling the towel and stepping on it
      People involved: Me
      Props: Wet wool—probably two sets; salad spinner; terrycloth towel
      Equipment: Camera, tripod—again framing issues
      Other notes: Needs good weather

    7 – Drying #2 – rack, towel; out of sun, no direct heat, air circulation

      Location: Could be outside, in the shade, but not on a windy day
      Specific shots for each video: Showing various drying options
      People involved: Me
      Props: Sweater rack; another towel (dry); both sets of spun wool from #6
      Equipment: Camera, tripod
      Other notes: Needs good weather

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    8 needs good weather, along with 1 & 2

    8 – Congratulations! Clean wool!

      Location: Under the crabapple tree, using the green plastic chair
      Specific shots for each video: This is just a closure piece, back at the starting point, but with clean wool
      People involved: Me
      Props: Clean and sample dirty wool to show progress.
      Equipment: Camera, tripod
      Other notes: Seems a little thin, but I think there needs to be a conclusion
    #21512

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    I love it Deb @robson. Great storyboard too! @blairfrancis and @michaelmann would be proud of your drawing skills. This makes perfect sense and I think it’ll be a great free giveaway to inspire people to take your whole course.

    #21517

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    @bradleytmorris, I’m laughing at the comment on my drawing skills. The thing is, I *can* draw! It was hard *not* to!

    #21521

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    haha looked good to me Deb!!

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