Used to comb out longwool fibres such as Lincoln Longwool. We advise that longwool fibres should not be carded, it can break the fibre. Comb the butt then the tip of each staple, then spin - fabulous fibre but time-consuming preparation.
HILLTOP MINI CARDERS
Ideal for children or anyone with weak wrists. These fine toothed carders can be used singly as Flick Carders or purchase 2 to make a lightweight pair.
Carding wool fibres should be no more difficult than brushing your hair. If the fibres are well carded, spinning becomes much easier. The following tips will help.
Mark pairs of Hand Carders Left and Right (L R) and try always to use them in the correct hand.
Don’t try to card too much wool in one go. 3 or 4 staples at a time is quite enough.
Attach the staples on the long edge of a carder (spread them out to the full width) leaving the free ends hanging.
Brush out the hanging fibres.
When one end of the fibres are carded repeat the process for the uncarded ends.
When sufficiently carded roll the fibres into a rolag.
Using a Drum Carder
Don’t overload the Drum Carder with fibres.
Use washed fibres. (Unless you like cleaning drum carders)
Whichever method you use we recommend that longwool fibres should be combed rather than carded.
Our Craftlet on Hand Carding shows in detail the easy way to Hand Card.
DRUM CARDER PACKER BRUSH
For both Fine & Coarse Drum Carders
It helps pack the carded fibres onto the drum which allows more fibres to be carded.
ASHFORD MINI CARDERS
Light weight curved carders available in two teeth density versions.
72 point (per pair) £50.00
Use the higher density toothed version for fine fibres.
108 point (per pair) £60.00
ASHFORD STANDARD CARDERS
These 72 point carders are solidly made and will last for years. As with all pairs of carders mark the Left and Right and only use them in that hand. Carding wool should be no more difficult than brushing your hair. Our Craftlet ‘How to use a pair of Hand Carders’ will explain the whole process.
ASHFORD WILD CARDER
With integral Packer Brush
Designed for blending fibres.
Drum Carder Cleaning Brush £23.00
THE ASHFORD DRUM CARDER
This 2 speed carder is available in
36 point £460 OR 72 point £476
OR 120 point £492 versions.
200mm/8” wide drum
Includes a Packer & Cleaning Brush
- 30 cm (12ins) width
- Produces a massive 100gm (3½oz) batt
- It has a packer brush and cleaning
- brush as standard
- 2 speeds - 4:1 and 6:1
- Includes doffer and clamps
- Assembled and lacquered
- Adjustable drum clearance
- Available only with 72 PPSI cloth
- Weighs 8.4kg (18½lbs)
Drum Carder - Replacement drivebands £ 13.00
Hilltop ‘self cleaning’ Flick Carder
The retractable pins make cleaning the cards easier. Particularly useful when keeping colours separate.