Strathnaver Museum

This object is a carder and was used to prepare wool for spinning, combing it into fine fibres.

Hand cards are typically square or rectangular paddles which were manufactured in a variety of sizes. Small cards, called flick cards, were used to flick the ends of a lock of fibre, or to tease out some strands for spinning off. A pair of cards was used to brush the wool between them until the fibres aligned in the same direction and could then be peeled from the card as a rolag.

Carding was normally done outside or over a drop cloth, depending on the wool’s cleanliness.

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Date: 1800s
Materials : Wood, Metal, Leather
Size : 28cm x 22.5cm x 5cm

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