Carding and Spinning

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Kirstin Gault

Carding is the process of mixing and aligning the fibres prior to spinning. The Woolmill carding set consists of 3 machines. The first two, the Scribbler and the Intermediate produce thick continuous slubbings or balls. These are transferred to the third machine, the Condenser where then are fed in slowly and taken off as fine rovings and wound on to wide spools ready for spinning.

The rovings from the carding set need to be twisted to produce yarn. At the Woolmill this is done on a spinning Mule. Rovings are fed through delivery rollers on to the 120 spindles on the mule carriage. As the carriage advances, the rovings are drawn out and the fast turning spindles insert twist to produce a strong thread. As the carriage returns, the treads are wound on to bobbins mounted on the spindles and the process is repeated until full cops of yarn are produced. 

Find out more about the production processes that happen our historic working Woolmill here - Warping, Weaving, Plying and Hanking.