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At Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, Katharine Jolda demonstrates the Cyclocarder, a bicycle powered wool carding machine. Inspired by the cotton gin, pedal power spins raw wool so the fibers are aligned and can easily be used to make thread or fabric.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Jackson

    May i ask if the cyclocarder do separates seeds from the staple cotton? Or does it just aligns raw cotton(which has seeds removed already)?

  • http://renovationslaves.wordpress.com/ renovationslavelaura

    this is a machine for carding wool….from sheep….no seeds….

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