Arnprior and District Museum Collection
This pine, hand-painted sign, c 1875, states no credit will be given for carding or cloth dressing. These services, aside from making yard goods and socks, would have been provided by Cannon, Dontigny and Co., and then Dontigny and Hughton.
Carding involved the combing of raw wool into long strands before they were twisted into loose rovings.
Cloth dressing was the process whereby soaked flax plants would have any straw removed so the fibres could be used for linen textile production.
Both services facilitated faster manufacturing of fabric goods inside the home (cottage industry), as it replaced labour intensive, time-consuming steps.