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Carding and combing are pre-spinning treatments to align the fibres which enables you to spin fibres more easily. For the technique of felting or making woollen blankets, carding is essential. Combing straightens the fibres more than carding. This difference determines the character of the spun thread: worsted or woollen-spun.
The flicker is a handy tool used to tease locks of fibre in preparation for spinning. The curved paddle of tulipwood is 6 X 10 cm (2 3/8" X 4") and has a less flexible cloth than the other cards. This allows felted ends of the locks to be straightened out. In order to ensure a long life, the teeth on all Louet carders are made of high grade plated steel wire.