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How do you card wool?
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Shelby Hendershot    Posted 04-26-2002 at 19:51:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was just given a fleece and don't know what to with it now. I would like to clean it and make felt. I would like some instructions on how to clean wool, please. Is there any special equiptment I would need to do this?

Any help would be appreciated.

Shelby


jason K.    Posted 09-04-2004 at 19:38:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found this page for hand spinners, and it has a section on carding with movies demonstrating techniques... good luck and have fun

www.joyofhandspinning.com/


Ingvar Tjostheim    Posted 09-10-2003 at 16:21:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found these addresses:
http://www.interweave.com/spin/resources/intro_spin.asp
http://www.watersheds.org/history/sheep.html
http://www.ydalir.freeserve.co.uk/crafts/spin.htm

Hope it can help.


DeadCarp    Posted 04-27-2002 at 06:50:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know this is probly a step ahead of your question, but it's the best directions around.
Try a Google search for carding wool.


breadbakerkathy    Posted 04-26-2002 at 21:37:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi! I would love to give you the info. But as it is 12:30 am, would you please give me a day or two to collect it properly for you???

I do sell equipment for this.

Glad to see you here.

bbk

P.s. Do you have spinning equipment, ie, a spindle or spinning wheel???


Shelby Hendershot    Posted 04-27-2002 at 07:41:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am in no rush. I probably won't have time to do much until Monday because we are working on the garden fence(chain link)this weekend. I don't have any equiptment at all. Do large, flat slicker brushes work for cards? I can get these for about $14 a pair but cards cost about $41 a pair.

Thank you,
Shelby


breadbakerkathy    Posted 04-27-2002 at 20:10:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need to sort the fleece into sections before scouring. Along the back is the best quality; down the legs is lesser in quality.

Washing or scouring directions are on several web sites or you can use your public library for sources. I found that my library will order books that I want to add to their collection.

Wool hand cards are really a must unless you want to buy an expensive drum carder. You need to have the spacing of the teeth and the larger carding space to really card. Dog brushes that look like smaller versions of hand cards are good for flicking the fiber ends when you are ready to join ends of fibers together for spinning.

There is an art to carding and is difficult to try to explain it without drawings or photos. I will look for you or I could mail you the directions I have.


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