Sunday, March 02, 2008

Wee Ha! First Auction of the 2008 season

Unexpected score. Wool cards - the hand paddles used for carding cleaned raw fleece. One old yet still usable set and one older and unusable for carding set - but will make a great display. These little babies new cost about $50 a set.

I am in woolie heaven.

*** late add here is a video showing how to use carders - this if for preparing fleece for spinning, but it is done the same way for traditional felt making from fiber. Joy of Spinning Carding Video


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Hee hee...I always laugh when naturalists say that people used to card wool using thistles and burrs.

Yeah right...anyone who has ever carded wool knows that wouldn't be practical for very long.

Be careful though: First it is carding wool, then it is also growing your own vegetables and flowers for dyeing the wool, then it is raising your own goats and sheep to shear for your own wool...

Glorious Hats said...

Ha ha Jill, the vegetable garden is quite enough for me. And the cows are enough live stock.

Before this, I blended roving using two pet brushes - works but takes much time, so the big brushes just let me blend natural color fleece and dyed roving to make custom mixes, or to blend together bits and pieces of left overs.

Watch out Tiggie, might come after the cat hairs to blend with fleece.

njm said...

I'm such a newbie! I've never seen these before. What is carding wool and who does it?

Glorious Hats said...

nmj, ahh, you see the type of felting I do is not from yarn but from fiber - the same sort of fiber that is used to for spinning to create yarn - the carders are used to fluff and separate wool hair strands of sheep or other fleece animals such as Alpaca. Here is a video that shows how to use carders;

Glorious Hats said...

oops sorry the long address does not work in comments - added it as a link to the main post above.