Saturday, June 15, 2013

100 grams of fleece

100 grams of Texel X Mule fleece form a former sheep of mine.
I washed it some time ago, leaving just the tips with darker solid matter - which I used to try to remove but now I leave as it is handy for finding the tips of the lock when lashing onto a comb or loading a carder.
It's medium to coarse - probably about 26 - 30 microns.

Staple length around 4 inches

Crimps around 8 - 9 nine per inch

Decided to comb the locks on English combs and card the short fibers removed to make rolags.
Plan would be to spin the top worsted style and the rolags woolen for a bumpier woolen - plying both once.
                                                                    Lashed on

Comb from the fixed to the moving comb

Repeat until all gone 

Pass it back to the fixed comb, right to left
comb off again then replace again.

Draw it off through a diz

Strip of combed top

Coiled into a nest and beside it, the short stuff left on the combs, now removed


Rolag for woolen spinning


1 comment:

barazile, livpåIrland said...

Thanks Catherine for posting this, it's a perfect mini photo-tutorial in combing and carding! great help for a learner spinner like me!
Hope you enjoy spinning the wool, what plans have you for it?