Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Jacob Fleece Part Two

Drum Carder

I have separated the fleece into the dark and light colours.
I am working this fleece "in the grease" which means I am not washing it at this stage as it is in good condition and I want to spin it with all the natural oils left in.
The next step is to "card" the fleece into Rolags, these are airy tubes of wool in which the fibre direction is more or less around the circumference of the tube.
I used a drum carder for this job (as I am preparing a whole fleece, this makes the whole task much easier and quicker than a hand carder). Nevertheless it still is a time consuming job, approximately 7-8 hours carding for this particular fleece.
The rolags are now ready to spin into yarn.

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