A Week Of Fiber Carding

Well, my time with the drum carder ended yesterday, but not before I had carded somewhere in the vicinity of thirty-four batts. Not a bad amount, considering I had the carder for a week.

After the wooly mammoth hide experience (see last post) I did some online tutorial hunting in the hopes of coming up with a way to make less blended, but still great batts.

I came across a very helpful series of video how-tos, although I’m loath to post the links to them, as they’re rather hyper and there is a bit of language. Suffice it to say, I went back to the craftroom revved up and ready to go with my fist full of very helpful notes.

Here is the result. My lovely Rose Garden batt.

I found the success very inspiring. Especially because I could sing the song from Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. “Up from the ashes, grow the roses of success. . . ”

So, from there on out I blended batts with much more confidence and triumph. For example, here are the Alaska batts. A trio of pale turquoise blue, chestnut, and white.

Actually, I plan to put a lot of these up on Etsy sometime this month, Lord willing. I’ve still got to take some of them up to the PakMail and find out how much shipping would cost. And make the labels, and get some packaging material. All that jazz.

I did card some stuff for myself. Or at least, for my use. These are pieces of a batt from the Iowa fleece. I plan to spin it up into a thick and thin single and possibly list it on Etsy. It’s got absolutely gorgeous colors in it, and I added some black glitz. These were actually the first “from locks” batt I carded this go-round. All the others were mainly from smooth roving with the odd mohair lock for interest.

I have a few more photos of finished batts, but I also have news on the knitting and spinning front, so I’ll intersperse them with each other in a couple more posts. It seems I’m back to the old regimen of feast or famine, blogging material-wise.

4 Responses to A Week Of Fiber Carding
  1. Linda Burklin
    March 9, 2010 | 6:49 pm

    Can’t wait to see all the loveliness in person!

  2. peahen
    March 10, 2010 | 8:54 am

    Wow – you have some lovely ideas – nice work. Best of luck with Etsy.

  3. Anne
    March 10, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    So that’s what the drum carder does. Now I see why you wanted to use one! :D I love the rose and Alaska batts. Lovely colors.

  4. Rebekah
    March 11, 2010 | 11:12 am

    Thanks. =D I’m so glad God gave me the chance to use it.

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