Preparing your fleece with hand carders is an easy and low cost way of preparing your fiber for spinning and felting. We recommend that you wash your fibers before carding so that the teeth of the carders do not get gummed up with the lanolin. More carding tips below.
John Day hand carders are value priced without compromising quality. Built to last from solid poplar wood. Fine 90 teeth carding cloth that can card coarse, medium and fine wools. Nice curved carding surface. Tung Oil finish. Large carding area 7.5" x 4.5". You can pay more, but won't get anything better! Sold in pairs. Made in Oregon
Same great quality as above hand carders is a smaller size! John Day medium hand carders are ideal for carding smaller amount of wool or for spinners with weak wrists and hands. Fine 90 teeth carding cloth that can card coarse, medium and fine wools. Nice curved carding surface. Built to last from solid poplar wood. Tung Oil finish. Carding area 5.5" x 4.5". Sold in pairs.
Made in Oregon. Regular $66.95
These John Day cotton hand carders are the same larger size as the regular wool hand cards. They are perfect for carding cotton or fine wool fibers and alpaca, angora or silk. Extra fine 120 teeth carding cloth will do a great job for you! Nice curved carding surface. Built to last from solid poplar wood. Tung Oil finish. Large carding area 7.5" x 4.5". Sold in pairs. Made in Oregon.
John Day medium size hand carders are light weight cotton hand cards, ideal for carding cotton or fine wools such as angora or silk, or for spinners with weak wrists and hands. Extra fine 248 teeth carding cloth will do a great job for you! Built to last from solid poplar wood. Nice curved carding surface. Tung Oil finish. Carding area 5.5" x 4.5". Sold in pairs Made in Oregon.
Hand Carders worn out? Get a set of two replacement carding cloth. 7.5 x 4.3/8 Remove your old carding cloth and staple the new on your hand carders.
These Ashford hand carders offer a curved carding surface and nice detailing. Contoured handle can easily be attached. Choose from 72 teeth for all wools or 108 teeth for fine wools and cotton. Sold in pairs.
Ashford hand carders with 72 teeth and a unique curved one-piece design make these ideal for all wools. Curved plywood construction. Sold in pairs.
Made from Tulipwood, a popular Dutch variety, these light weight hand carders have curved handles and contoured backs that will make carding wool comfortable. Choose from three Louet hand cards (Sold in pairs) and one flick card.
Louet Wool Hand Carders with medium cloth: 45psi
Louet Cotton Hand Carders with fine cloth: 60psi
Louet Mini Cotton Hand Carders with fine cloth have half size paddles. Ideal for small quantities or people with wrist problems
Create stunning fiber rolags with this easy to use blending board from Ashford. A large 12" by 12" blending area, with fine 108 teeth per inch carding cloth, allows you to "paint" with fibers. The Ashford Blending Board has an adjustable keel, so you can blend at three comfortable angles, and even rotate it, so you can use it on your lap. Complete with brush, two dowels for pulling and rolling fibers and instructions.
Learn how to use an Ashford Blending Board for stunning results! Happy Blending :-)
Light in weight and easy to handle, these popular Louet mini wool combs will make combing a breeze! Louet single row wool combs work great for medium to fine fibers and Louet double row combs are ideal for combing fine wool or separating the guard hairs from the down fibers such as Cashmere or Pygora. Lacquer finish. Sold in pairs.
Don't be fooled by
the name, these are not small combs.
Great general purpose combs. Good for fine to medium
fibers, but will work on anything. Sturdy all maple
construction. The combing head is 4 inches wide with a
3 inch working width. Tines are 3¾ inch long hardened
polished steel. Tips of the tines are bent back to help
the combs pass by each other without interference.
Available in single and double row versions.
To be used with Viking Combs above. Holds one comb securely on table or counter. Requires a C clamp (not included)
Pre-tease your fiber and open the locks of fine fibers. Great for small jobs or to toss in your spinning bag! 98 teeth carding a variety of wools.. Nice curved carding surface. Tung Oil finish. Carding area 2" x 4.5". Made in Oregon.
Ashford flick cards has 72 teeth. Great for pre-teasing or carding smaller amounts of fibers.
Regardless of what brand you buy, your hand carders should last you for many years to come. This low cost fiber preperation equipment will enable you to get your washed fleece ready for spinning or felting. To make sure your hand carders perform as they should we recommend the following:
Mark you carders left and right and use them accordingly. This will allow the teeth to wear more evenly and last longer.
Never, never push your hand cards together all the way and then pull. This may damage the wire teeth. While carding your fibers the teeth should barely touch, and your motion should be similar to a gentle rocking motion. Preparing your fleece should not be strenuous, but easy and comfortable to do.
Wash your fiber or fleece before carding. This will remove some of the vegetable matter and if you are working with wool, most of the lanolin. Doing so will not only clean your fleece, but also preserve your carders, since the lanolin and dirt of a fleece can gum up the wire teeth of the carding surface.
Never, never card wet or damp fibers or leave your tools outside over night or even in the rain. This will cause the teeth to rust. Once this has happened you will need to replace the carding cloth or buy a new pair.
Pre-tease if necessary. Are the tips of your fleece felted "matted" together? If so you will need to pull the tips apart before you card them. In rare cases in which the fibers are very much felted together not even pre-teasing will help and you may want to use this sort of wool for pillow stuffing or felting projects instead.
My pair of carders has lasted me over 10 years now and yours will too if you take care of them. I even "abused" mine, they seem to make a good lint and yarn scarps cleaner for my woven rugs. ;-)
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