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How to Card Wool

Process fiber from your farm flock with this simple cleaning and carding method.

Text and Photos by Rachael Brugger

Just like homestead cooks take great care in selecting fresh and sustainably raised produce to present on the farm table, there’s a band of fiber artists who are looking for high-quality fiber from sustainably raised livestock. This is something Kathleen Cunningham, owner of The Black Sheep Fiber Farm in Sardinia, Ohio, takes to heart.

Cunningham has been raising natural fibers for more than 30 years with her small flock of Angora goats, Lincoln Longwool sheep and Lincoln/Corriedale crossbred sheep. On her farm, she not only cares for her animals but also processes the fiber after shearing and spins or weaves it into items that she sells on the farm, at fiber festivals and through her farm’s website.

In this slideshow, Cunningham demonstrates how to card fiber from your own flock to get superior results. 

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Thanks for the show! We got two Alpaca last spring along with their wool which I am just now learning to card and spin. it's not dirty but has a lot of organic matter in it which has been hard to get all out. I am afraid washing it would make it worse. Is there any other method, other than carding, I might use?
Dee Dee, Tehachapi, CA
Posted: 1/13/2013 5:25:36 PM
I long for the day when I have my own sheep so I can do this...
julie, Social Springs Community, LA
Posted: 10/28/2012 12:37:04 PM
Kimberly, Midlothian, TX
Posted: 9/20/2012 8:07:13 AM
Sounds like a lot of hard work!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/20/2012 11:53:18 PM
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