Using my Brother Drum Carder and my Howard Hand Cards I managed to create a really amazing set of fiber preparations. The rolags at the left are from my handcards, I really like how they turned out. The middle was carded as a striped batt on my drum carder, I put it through the carder once and added a lot of sparkle that is not showing up here.
The single color batts were put through the drum carder once, again with a lot of sparkle added. The final batt looks red on one side, purple on the other, and has every color in between (along with a ton of sparkle). I tried to show the colors using the spots where I ‘nibbled’ it off of my drum carder, but they don’t show too well.
I am really looking forward to spinning each of these yarns and then plying them to make an amazing 3 ply yarn.
There are a lot of resources out there for learning how best to use a drum carder, these past three articles are a great resource for introducing a lot of the concepts involved in drum carding. This blog is probably a good one to follow also.
With this article, I especially liked the tip where the author says to hand card some of your smaller bits of fiber first to spread it out a bit more. I had never thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense to keep things thin and even.
Again this is a great article!
I had a similar experience recently with a beautiful hand dyed top I picked up from a local dyer. I wanted to create a striped batt by separating out the yellow from orange from red. The colors blended a bit more than I thought I wanted, but the end result is two fantastic batts, with sparkle (I like sparkle so I added sparkle), that I plan on spinning separately and then plying together. As soon as I am done enjoying the fluffiness that is their batt form.
Happy Crafting, and read this article. Short but sweet!
I love the newsletters I get from Strauch Fiber Equipment. They always lead me to such wonderful places. In this case the article points out, in a very quick way, a method of adding in extra materials into a batt, that goes through a drum carder, without getting extra things stuck in the drum carder. Great article!
I cannot, for the life of me, believe that summer is OVER! It seems like summer just began and here I am looking at my last Wooly Wednesday Class Tomorrow! We are starting up “Fall Crafting” next Monday during the afternoon but this still seems like the end of an era.
Wooly Wednesday’s could not have gone better if I had tried. I do have some plans for how to modify these classes for the spring and summer in 2018 so that they are more comprehensive, don’t rush my students as much, and cover more students and class time for the same amount of supplies (my boss will like that one).
LOOK AT ALL OF THE COOL STUFF MY LADIES CREATED THIS SUMMER!!!!!
This summer of Crafting ROCKED, so did my Wooly Wednesday Ladies. I hope to see you this fall, I miss you already!
I have made some progress on my major spin for Tour De Fleece. More importantly from my perspective, I have decided to take my time and enjoy the step I am working on. My personality is such that I am usually looking toward the next thing. The next project, the next skill, the next thing to learn, etc. This means that I do not really spend much time, if any, enjoying the step that I am on. Recently I have been reading where several spinners talk about the hours of enjoyment they have gotten from a piece of fleece/fiber. I have, for me, a large project that I am spinning toward.
Paradise Fibers sent me 8 oz of their Merino Blend in Bloom. I split that in half to perform a Monet Spin, if you’ve been following me you know this already. At present I am spinning about 4oz of the top in a straight short forward worsted spin on my ladybug. This is resulting in the finest and most consistent spin I have ever accomplished. However, instead of relaxing and enjoying this spin I am eager to get to the next step, spinning up the carded fibers. I am also eager to see what the final plied yarn will look like, I have done two ply back samples and I believe I will have either a lace weight 2 ply or a DK weight 4 ply. (it’s pretty fine)
Right now, I have spend almost three hours spinning up this first part of my fiber. I am only capable of spinning about an hour or so at a time, the fineness of this spin means that should my concentration waver too much I will lose my consistency. In those three hours, I have barely made a dent in my top. This being said, I have made a conscious decision to do my best to enjoy this time creating this yarn. Haste makes waste is very apt in this case. I am spinning a fine consistent yarn, taking my time, concentrating on how I am spinning and the results that I am obtaining will be key to enjoying this spin. At my current rate of spinning I should get another 21 hours of enjoyment from this fiber. Let’s see how it goes!
My students are amazing, creative, industrious, and fearless! They took to carding like ducks to water. Once they had the skills mastered they began teaching each-other. This was a glorious example of cooperation & creativity. They wound up with such beautiful batts and rolags, I am almost more excited then they are for the wet felting class next time. We used hand cards, a blending board, and a Brother Drum Carder. Everything went smoothly, though I am certain the number of times I warned them to be careful if they weren’t up on their tetanus shot helped, lol. Happy Crafting!