Wool Maker Lane

knitting, spinning and life with alpacas

carding

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Last night I finished spinning the three batts of Bert’s fleece but having some more space on the bobbins I thought that I would have another session of carding this morning getting three more lovely thick batts.  Only last week my mother rooted out some hand carders from her shed and passed them onto me.  Being a lovely day I thought that it would be nice to sit out in the garden and have a go.  Despite being harassed by a load of horse flies I soon realised why I prefer to use the drum carder…

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And I think that I’ll stick with the drum carder although it is a pretty very heavy object to haul around.

I found a lovely link to a film, which I think is from the 1970’s, showing two ladies carding and spinning efficiently, accurately and without a cut or bruise in sight.

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/history-heritage/traditional-crafts/traditional-crafts-of-ire/textiles/video-wool-spinning/

It is actually a clip from a programme about the sheep industry in Ireland which was probably made by RTÉ.  It really is a joy to watch.

Author: woolmakerlane

I live in a small cottage in rural Ireland with my family. We care for two lively alpacas and two sedentary cats. I love all things "textile" but particularly knitting aran patterns and spinning my alpaca's wool.

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