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Eganville, Ontario, Canada,
Annetta Schroeder, nee Zadow March 27, 2003
In the 1950s, my husband Rudolph
Schroeder and I lived on a farm on RR 4, Killaloe. Since we raised sheep, I
made use of the wool to make needed bed comforters.
the spring shearing, I selected some wool, washed it, spread it on the grass to
dry, then used the drum carder to clean it. That was faster and easier than
using carding paddles. It was practical to card enough wool to make one or two
comforters each year. We sold the rest of the wool.
After carding, the wool was spread to about a
three-inch thickness and laid out the size of a comforter. Neighbours and
relatives helped with the next steps of putting the wool in a removable cover
and tying. Tying meant placing a wool strand through the cover about every five
inches to hold the wool in place. Adding an attractive print cotton exterior
gave the comforter a finished look. It took us about a day to finish each
comforter. said Annetta. It was satisfying work, for you could see your
progress; and several people working together made it fun too. The comforters
were cozy and made nice family gifts too.