The Zeilinger Wool Company

On May 6 2013, we were at Grandma and Grandma’s house.  We did several things that day.  One of the main things we did was we went to the Zeilinger Wool Company.  We went inside and saw the things they sold there.   One of the workers named Dotie came to us and took us to another building on the land they owned, and we went inside.  Inside that building, there were lots of machines that were part of the process of making wool into yarn.  There were cool machines in that building.

Some machines were getting dirt and stuff like that out of the wool.  Even though it had already been washed with soap and water, it was not all the way clean.

 

cardingmachine

The carding machine removes any remaining dirt or vegetation and makes the fibers smooth.

The carded wool is ready for spinning.

This is a spinning frame that spins the wool into one-ply yarn.

This is a spinning frame that spins the wool into one-ply yarn.

 

Now the wool is steamed so the yarn does not kink.

Now the wool is steamed so the yarn does not kink.

 

Next, the yarn is wound onto cones.

Next, the yarn is wound onto cones.

One-ply yarn is not very strong.

The twister spins the one-ply yarn into two, three, or four-ply yarn.

The twister spins the one-ply yarn into two, three, or four-ply yarn.

Now the yarn is ready for use.

I am glad we got to see the Zeilinger wool company.  It was a great tour of the building.  If you want to know more, you can watch this video:

Photos by C. Gioe

 

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