okay - figured it out now. :)
The 'furring' you refer to might be 'pilling'? That's what I usually call it anyway. Little handcuffs of fibre that join two or more ends?
Inspection/repair is, I think, burling.
A great way to learn more textile words! I knew "pilling", but had not come across "burling" before.
"burling and mending"? - the words go together in my mind, but I can't remember why...
I spent a few months internship with a weaver producing fine mens silk suiting for the Paris runways, I spent much of my time inspecting and repairing the fabric, you would think I would remember "burling"
that a burl in yarn - a knot, slub or lump - is the same word for a lumpy knot in a tree trunk or branch? and burling is the removal of same. I know way too much trivia like this - not sure why. . .
Well, they are both 'fibre'! :^)
Somebody once referred to the "pilling" of wool when warping as "cuffing" - I cannot locate a resource for the term, is anybody else familiar with this?
Makes sense because it seems like they get handcuffed together. :)
If it isn't a 'proper' term, it ought to be!
According to the Dan River, Inc. "A Dictionary of Textile Terms", Danville, VA 24543:
Burling--Removal of loose threads, knots, slubs, burs, and other extraneous materials from fabrics by means of a burling iron, a tupe of tweezer. the trick is to remove the imprity without damaging the fabric.