Using the instructions and videos I found on Yarn Zombie
, I created my own hackle. This project was really easy and cheap to do- my favorite type of project!! The hardest part was finding the right combs, but after the third dollar store, I was finally able to find what I was looking for.
Here is a close up shot of the completed hackle.
A wider shot. I just use clamps to hold it to my table or counter top.
Here are some before, in process and after shots I took of some Sheep Shed Studio roving I dyed myself. I think I might have felted the fiber a little bit, so this was a good way to separate the fibers as well as blend the colors.
The hackle loaded with fiber. I got about one ounce of fiber on my hackle before it got too full. I think I am going to build a larger version so I can blend more fibers.
Another shot of the loaded hackle.
Using a button as a diz to pull the fiber off the hackle.
Half way through the process. I am going from right to left in this picture. You will leave some fiber behind as you pull the fibers through the diz/button
The after shot of blended roving
The fiber before and after:
And the fiber that is left on the hackle.
As of right now I have just been pulling the extra fiber off the hackle and storing it in a bag to either felt or use when I eventually get a drum carder. If anyone has advice on how to get more fiber off with the diz and leave less fiber behind, or any other advice- it would be much appreciated!!