Collection: From Fleece to Feet: Carding and Circular Knitting

The workshop aims to introduce high school students to the fascinating world of wool processing. You will learn the basics of carding raw fleece and experience the joy of circular knitting. By the end of the session, you will have a deeper understanding of how yarn is created from fleece and how circular knitting machines work.


Each workshop session will last 30 minutes.

Group Size: Each workshop will accommodate 15 students.

Materials Needed:

Raw Wool Fleece: Small amounts of raw wool fleece for hands-on activities.

Hand Carders: Demonstrate how to use hand carders effectively.

Circular Knitting Machines: Explain the basics of circular knitting machines.

Pre-Spun Wool Yarn: Use pre-spun yarn for the knitting machines.

Workshop Breakdown:

Introduction (5 minutes)

Overview: Briefly introduce the workshop’s focus—transforming raw fleece into knitted fabric.
Ambassadors – wool farms, textiles, sewists, knitters

Exercise: step up

Safety and Instructions: Highlight safety measures for carding and using the circular knitting machines.

Segment 1: Carding the Wool (10 minutes)

Quick Demonstration: You will now be shown how to properly use hand carders to prepare wool. Perform a live carding demonstration with a small amount of fleece.

Hands-on Activity: You will divide  into small groups. Each student gets a turn to card a small amount of wool. Instructors assist and ensure everyone participates.

Segment 2: Circular Knitting (12 minutes)

Machine Introduction: Briefly explain how circular knitting machines work. Show a completed example.

Hands-on Activity: Students work in groups, taking turns using the circular knitting machines. Each student should knit a few rows, aiming to create a small knitted tube.

Remember to keep the atmosphere fun, interactive, and educational. Happy wool crafting! 🐑🧶

Learn more

References for Future Study:


“The Spinner’s Book of Fleece” by Beth Smith

“Circular Knitting Workshop” by Margaret Radcliffe

Online Resources:

Craftsy: Introduction to Carding

KnittingHelp: Circular Knitting Basics