Part 2: Equipment and Fibers

Section A: Fiber Prep Tools


Many different tools can take the place of the traditional flicker (image 4,) including a hand card, dog comb, miniature wool comb or carder cleaning tool. A pet slicker brush makes an excellent lightweight flicker (image 5.) Some flickers have very strong teeth that can damage fine fibers.

Flicking is often done over the knee, with a protective leather pad. Hold a lock of wool with one hand and catch the end of the staple in the teeth of the flicker with the other. Work back from the end to open the staple as needed. Be careful to not hit your hand in the process. Some short fibers will collect on the flicker, but if you pull out large clumps then you are not holding the wool firmly enough.

Also flick by holding the flicker stationary and moving the wool. This does not require a protective pad, although it is still possible to catch your hand on the teeth. Work from the end into the middle of the staple and lightly press the wool into the teeth if necessary. Vegetable matter catches in the teeth while the fiber is pulled free.

If needed, turn the lock around and flick the other end.


Maximum 12 points

Examiner 1: 12
Examiner 2: 12