Fiber Arts Products

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Fiber Arts Products

Our 150th year in business!


Since 1866, Howard Brush has been family operated and a leader in the manufacturing of high quality card clothing and American made hand cards, brushes, and fiber processing tools. All of our products are handcrafted in York, Maine using only the finest raw materials combined with a history of accumulated skill and technique. Match that with our unparalleled attention to detail and you have the most reliable products backed up with a first-rate customer service experience.

If you have a specific wire brush or wire fillet need, we can manufacture to nearly any desired specification for you!

Our 150th year in business!

Since 1866, Howard Brush has been family operated and a leader in the manufacturing of high quality card clothing and American made hand cards, brushes, and fiber processing tools. All of our products are handcrafted in York, Maine using only the finest raw materials combined with a history of accumulated skill and technique. Match that with our unparalleled attention to detail and you have the most reliable products backed up with a first-rate customer service experience.

If you have a specific wire brush or wire fillet need, we can manufacture to nearly any desired specification for you!

Product Categories

Carding Cloth: 9 1/2″, 12″, 2″ Wide


Drum Carder & Accessories


Hand Carders, Flicker & Replacement Pads


Blending Board Cloth & DIY Kits


Carding Cloth: 9 1/2″, 12″, 2″ Wide


Drum Carder & Accessories


Hand Carders, Flicker & Replacement Pads


Blending Board Cloth & DIY Kits


Sheep Cards

Gripper Strips & Rug Hooking

Blending Board Packages & Brushes

Furrier & Taxidermy

Sheep Cards

Gripper Strips & Rug Hooking

Blending Board Packages & Brushes

Furrier & Taxidermy

DIY Tips and Tricks


Whether you’re cutting our carding cloth, rug hooking gripper strips, or blending board cloth to size, the foundation cloth cuts very easily with a razor-type utility knife. But you’ll first want to remove the teeth from wherever you’ll be trimming.

Removing the teeth widthwise and lengthwise is very easily done. First, protect your work table with a piece of cloth, cardboard, etc. Next, place the carding cloth teeth side down. You’ll notice that there is a bend in the teeth. You want to pull the teeth out with this bend and not fighting against it, so position your cloth with the points of the teeth pointing away from you.  Using a tool such as an ice pick, awl, or heavy sewing needle, place the pick under the crown of the staple and pull them out. The teeth will come out very easily if you are working with the bend, and not against it. If the teeth feel difficult to remove, turn the clothing the other direction and try again.

A great feature to note: the teeth line up straight width wise and length wise, so whether you are trimming your cloth shorter, or making it narrower, you’re guaranteed to always pull a nice, straight line.

Once you have the teeth removed from your carding cloth where you need it, using your utility knife, still with the teeth face down on your work surface, cut the carding cloth from the backside.

We recommend only using staples when mounting your carding cloth to your drum carder, hand carders, or blending board.  A very important variable in how well the carding cloth performs is the tooth’s ability to flex within the foundation material. Using an adhesive will cause the teeth to become very rigid and not work as well.

For a blending board or hand carders; hold the clothing down flat and staple around all 4 sides.

For a drum carder; with the carding cloths length already cut to the proper circumference and the teeth removed from both ends for your doffer strip space, position the clothing straight across the drum, and staple one end of the carding cloth to your drum. Wrap the carding cloth around the drum, maintaining tension as you do. Where the two ends meet, (where you’ll put your doffer strip) staple the other end down. Should you choose, you may staple around the drum’s edges but if proper tension was kept as you wrapped your drum, this is not necessary to do.


Repair & Rejuvenation Service

Do you have an old pair of hand cards passed down to you, an antique set you found at a flea market, or just a pair that you’ve put a bunch of miles on that need some refurbishing? We can do that!

Howard Brush Hand Card Re-crafting is a unique service where, for a nominal fee, we will repair and rejuvenate your old cards. The carding cloth is carefully removed, precisely measured, and a new pad is custom fabricated and applied in a matching TPI, or a new TPI of your choice! If requested, the wood can be re-sealed, guaranteeing many more years of use.