Now we move on to making the top. This wool top is very important later on when it comes to making the yarn. First of all, the wool is carded: The wool fibers are all still slightly tangled after washing at this point, but carding the fibers carefully loosens and aligns them into single strands so that they are parallel to each other, also removing any remaining dirt particles in the process.
Once this is complete, the next step is combing. Any short wool fibers are combed out now in order to ensure that only the nice long fibers remain. These fibers are then stretched slightly to produce an even card web.
After being processed in this way, the fibers are then brought together in a band and put into large cans. These cans are then ready to be spun, a part of the process where a stable, even and clean yarn is important.