Fibre preparation

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FIBRE PREPARATION


Intro, “Mrs Helen Maddrell (Isle of Man) demonstrating carding and spinning wool.” 1938:

Wool and Flax preparation and spinning in rural Serbia. Includes hand held spindle spinning and distaff dressing:

Washing very dirty fleece. NB Plain water only, no soap or detergent, or the fleece will felt:

From Amanda Hannaford, a set of tutorials on Woolcombing with English Combs:

(Please follow the links, I cannot embed the videos).

Woolcombing on English Combs Part 1
Woolcombing on English Combs Part 3

Combing wool 1. (Many of the tutorials here are from Rexenne, aka Crow Calling Woman):

Combing wool 2:

Combing wool 3:

Handcarding in Morocco:

Predrafting. Batt to roving:

Further predrafting of the roving, the thinner the roving the finer the thread can be spun.

 

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Amanda Hannaford has made a series of excellent instructional videos, which are available to download from her website: (smaller Realplayer files available on the website)nb. nOT ALL ARE SUITABLE FOR 17TH CENTURY.

Longwool tools – .wmv file

Flicking longwool locks – .wmv file

Drafting locks – .wmv file

Spinning longwools – .wmv file

Spinning Cotton Wool – .wmv file

Carding and Rolling a Puni – .wmv file

Spinning Cotton Longdraw – .wmv file

 

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MODERN METHODS, LISTED HERE FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Using a wool picker:

Drumcarding 1:

Drumcarding 2:

Drumcarding 3:

Drumcarding 4:

Drumcarding 5:

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