Yesterday I was able to visit John Arbon Textiles for their Mill Open Weekend at South Molton. What a haven of woolly loveliness it is too! And for all those vintage machinery geeks it must be a feast for the senses. There is something about that fragrant combination of ‘sheep’ and machine grease that is strangely good.
John Arbon undertakes most of the tour and led us through the process of taking scoured fleece to beautiful worsted yarns ready for all our woolly pleasure.
Through carding (I hope I get all the terms right!!) and gilling
and then spinning and plying
and then to my favourite machine of the mill – the skein winder…
I wonder if I could have a motor attached to my yarn swift?