Thursday, 11 March 2010

Top balls (!)

The next stage of the worsted manufacturing process was Top making or Finishing. The wool slivers were further treated to make them a uniform thickness and moisture was added to enhance the suppleness of the wool. The Top ball produced was the woolcomber's finished product and the Tops could be packed and transported like this. Many of the textile mills in Bradford specialised in just part of the overall manufacturing process - woolcombers or spinners; whereas Salts Mill was such a huge enterprise that it saw the complete process through from end to end - from raw wool to the finished worsted cloth.

5 comments:

  1. Memories of an era when we used to make things in Britain. Good post :o)

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  2. The machines all look as though they have been there a long, long time.

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  3. This is such an interesting process!

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  4. Very interesting series on wool making.

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