is the processing of brushing raw or washed
fibers to prepare them as textiles. A large variety of fibers can be
carded, anything from dog hair, to llama, to soy fiber to polyester.
Cotton and wool are probably the most common fibers to be carded.
is used to take unordered fibers and prepare them for
spinning or to produce webs of fiber to go into non-woven products such
as needle felting. Carding can also be used to create blends of
different fibers or different colors.
In addition to spinning,
weaving and felt making, carded fibers
can be used in a variety of other projects. Many rug makers use
unprocessed yarn and slivers of rovings look great when couched into
embroidery designs or added to sewing projects as needle felted