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Angora Goat Home of Ashford
Mother Of All the foot pedal that turns the main wheel
Double Drive the weighted part of a dropspindle that helps it to spin
Flyer two upright pieces of wood that hold the flyer
Noil The matting together of fibres
Teasel Yarn with an unusual character
Indigo the unwashed fiber as it comes off of a sheep
Distaff a pair of brushes used to smooth and straighten fibers for spinning
Whorl The product of a "worm"
Treadle The process of applying a permanent color to fiber
Carders a bundle of flax prepared for spinning after the tow has been removed
Grease Wool yarn spun with a clockwise spin
Hank a tighter-than-normal rolag traditionally used with cotton
Drop Spindle used to process long stapled wool for worsted spinning
Crimp winding two or more yarns together
Dyeing the straight piece of wood or wire that connects the treadle to the axle/crank
Puni very thin roving
Combs maidens, flyer and bobbin
Novelty A plant with a large prickly head used for raising or fulling fabric
S Twist length of a lock of fleece or a single fiber
Acrylic carded hunks of fiber as it comes off of a drumcarder
Orifice the u-shaped device on a treadle spinning wheel that twists the yarn
Bast Fibers double-ended tool used in skeining spun yarn
Plying short fibers removed when combing the fleece
Maidens grease wool that has had the dirty edges removed all the way around
Roving the sheered coat of wool off of a sheep
Footman a stick with a weighted whorl that is used to twist fibers into thread
Tow amount of curl in a lock of fleece
Bump the pulling out of fibers to allow only a certain amount of the fiber to twist into yarn
Fleece A four horned, spotted sheep
Jacob Both the flyer and bobbin are driven by belts from the "large" wheel
Drafting The small tool that is used to help form and even top in wool combing
Cabled Yarn Bluefaced or Border
New Zealand The product of plying two or more plyed strands together
Diz Yarn from a reel
Ewe Material obtained from the stems of certain types of plants. These include flax, hemp, jute, ramie, milkweed, and nettles.
Navajo Churro the short fibers left after flax is combed out
Micron The most accurate way of determining wool grades
Cotton In 1912 a Lincoln and Rambouillet were crossed to creat the
Strick the opening or eye of the spindle on a treadle spinning wheel
Wensleydale long tube of carded wool, produced by carding machines
Niddy Noddy A cylinder of coiled, prepared fibers ready for spinning
Leicester yarn spun with a counterclockwise twist
Z Twist Sheep breed with blue head, ears and legs
Skirted Fleece Native American double coated sheep
Staple A cellulose fiber collected from the perennial shrub from the genus Gossypium
Batts A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers
Rolag A blue dye
Silk a mature female sheep
Pencil Roving The animal that produces "mohair"
Felting a staff that holds the flax or wool fibers which are drawn from as the spinner needs them when spinning.
Columbia finger sized roll of carded wool, ready for spinning to make woolen yarn

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