Carding and combing are pre-spinning treatments to align the fibers which enables you to spin fibers more easily. For the technique of felting or making woolen blankets, carding is essential. Combing straightens the fibers more than carding. This difference determines the character of the spun thread: worsted or woolen-spun. We make single row and double row mini-combs, both 6.5 cm (2 1/2") wide. These handy tools are a unique device which can be used for de-hairing and fine fiber combing. After combing, the fiber can be pulled into a sliver or spun straight from the comb. These combs are made of ash with a lacquer finish. In order to ensure a long life, the teeth on all Louet carders are made of high grade plated steel wire. As a safety precaution, all Louet combs are machined so they are not razor sharp. Our mini combs are easy on your wrists as they are light weight at 2.4 oz or 70 gr ea. Specs: Tines are enclosed in wood to prevent end tines from breaking (modification in May 2015) Tines are 4 mm apart and 5.5 cm long. Tines are set in a plastic fiting that is about 3.5 mm deep. Tine is centered in this plastic fitting and there is 1/2 mm on either side of the tine.
I'm a textile and fibre arts researcher, and teacher. For the past 15years I have spun on both a wheel and drop spindle, weave on a modern loom as well as on an ancient warp weight loom and felt. My passion is the ancient arts!
I am also a seamstress, studying to be a tailor. I make clothing for the re-enactors