Carding from spun wool

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10 years 9 months ago #28436 by Dee B
Carding from spun wool was created by Dee B
Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried (or heard of) carding from wool that had already been spun. Were any useable results obtained? I'm learning to card and spin at the moment and I thought maybe using old yarn would be a cheap option while I'm still producing disastrous stuff :)

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10 years 9 months ago #388711 by RaeM1
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Where are you?? I have several big bags of wool that has already been carded sitting in our car shed, that you can have for a very low amount of money. Browns, whites cream etc.

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10 years 9 months ago #388712 by RaeM1
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That is wool straight off the sheeps back, and sent away to a carding place to be done, but now have two spinning wheels, and the wool, but cannot use them any more. ( I am into quilting now, and find the spinning was too hard on my hands)

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10 years 9 months ago #388760 by morioka
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Dee B;382674 wrote: Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried (or heard of) carding from wool that had already been spun. Were any useable results obtained? I'm learning to card and spin at the moment and I thought maybe using old yarn would be a cheap option while I'm still producing disastrous stuff :)


In my experience - its easier to learn and you get better results if you learn on good quality wool which is well carded - it almost spins itself. Cheap poor quality fibre will just send you crazy [:(!][}:)] and the results will never be nice.[xx(] :(

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10 years 9 months ago #388783 by Iniuk
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I agree with the other posters.
They used to recard wool in days gone by- maybe still do- but it is where the word 'shoddy' came from, as the resultant wool was not as good as from new fleece.

OT Annemor Sundbo (?sp) has written a book called 'Treasures from a Ragpile' about exploring the origins of a pile of old garments destined for recycling. I am trying to locate it in the Library system.

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10 years 9 months ago #388881 by Dee B
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RaeM1;382693 wrote: That is wool straight off the sheeps back, and sent away to a carding place to be done, but now have two spinning wheels, and the wool, but cannot use them any more. ( I am into quilting now, and find the spinning was too hard on my hands)

We are in Hawkes Bay. At this stage I would love to find someone who'd be happy to spend a couple of hours with me just showing me the basics. I want to give it a good try before I buy any more wool, but your offer sounds good. Do you know how much wool you have? What type of wool is it?

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10 years 9 months ago #388883 by Dee B
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Iniuk;382770 wrote: OT Annemor Sundbo (?sp) has written a book called 'Treasures from a Ragpile' about exploring the origins of a pile of old garments destined for recycling. I am trying to locate it in the Library system.

That sounds really interesting. I'd love to have a look at it.

I've started re-carding some of the wool I was thinking of. I bought about 1kg of it from an op shop ($3). It's good quality yarn. It curls a little as it comes off the balls so it's obvious it's had been knit already, but I think it's all from an unfinished project as it's still very smooth (don't think it was ever washed and if it was then it's REALLY good quality). I don't have any project in mind that would accommodate the curling property, so I thought re-using it for carding instead.

Because it is such a lovely blue and such a fine quality, I was wondering if it wouldn't do well mixed with a new fiber, maybe something in a natural colour?

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10 years 9 months ago #389197 by RaeM1
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If you wrap your wool around something and lightly steam it the kinks will come out and the wool will be like new again.

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