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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Hackle and Combs removing Hay Seeds

A friend appeared with two huge bags of Zwartble fleece.   Very smelly and as you can see from the top photo full of hay seeds and straw.  The fleece on the left of the top photo is washed but full of seeds and it is beside the finished yarn.  I tried carding it but it made no difference and then decided  to try using the hackle and combs.  I combed it twice and that almost got all the veggie matter out as shown in the photo of the combed tops and then spun it and plied it.  Almost totally clean.  While combing it I had to stop very often to clean up the hay seeds.  This would have been a fleece that would have to gone in the bin if I had not got the hackle and comb

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