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« on: April 25, 2008 08:52:35 AM »

Ok - so I was the lucky recipient of a couple of batts from dragonflyducky in the April Fiber Swap, and they are STUNNING - now *I* want to make batts, too! Smiley

So - are there any good websites, tutorials, etc. out there for learning how to make batts?  A friend has a drum carder, but I also want to pick up some hand carders for home.

Thanks in advance! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008 12:58:05 PM »

here is one for a drum carder
and here is one for hand carders
i hope these help.

« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008 10:05:29 AM »

here are some more handcarding videos:

and there are some fun drumcarding videos on youTube:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=beELIWEaO6g (this is part 1, there are 5 parts)

I put a tutorial on taking roving off a drumcarder on my flickr:
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2008 12:00:53 PM »

askthebellwether thank you i needed these videos when i first got my carder!

« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008 11:37:43 AM »

wow bellwether, that roving tute is awesome, i've had my drum carder for a while, but have never done that! and i don't particularly like spinning from batts, so *problem solved*!

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2008 08:20:43 PM »

omg, omg, i did it! it definately didn't happen EXACTLY they way the tutorial laid it out. i never had to push the diz up to drum carder, i just pulled and pulled, and it kept coming off consistently, it was when i tried to use the diz that it actually thinned out too much, hence the smaller ball of roving! but it happened nonetheless, and with more practice i'm sure i'll get it down! Wink

thank you soo much for this post, this is like life changing me!!!


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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2008 08:44:55 AM »

wow! I'm so glad to see that someone has had success with this.  I've been wanting to try that tutorial for a while, but I fear that I"ll break it.  after seeing this though I'll have to give it a try

« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2008 04:51:03 PM »

hey misfitknits, does your drumcarder have a 1/4" offset like the one in that tutorial?  I've been thinking about trying this but I've been a little nervous too because mine doesn't have that offset and I'm a bit afraid I'll just end up breaking it up too much.
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2008 09:16:01 PM »

no, it doesn't, which i think is why it didn't quite work like in the tutorial, but it did still work, sometimes i had to pull it over a little bit, and sometimes, not all the fiber wanted to come off, so either had to wait until the whole round to get to the break in the carding cloth, or just leave it there, but it wasn't enough to be worried about. i say just go for it anyways, even if it breaks *even a more than a couple of times* it's ok, you can still spin it, you know? i find i let myself get too worked up about new techniques, and then i'll never try them bc i think i'll do i wrong, so the only way i can do something, is to jump right in, which is what i did here, and luckily it worked! and hell, if it all goes totally wrong, you can spin the fluff, or recard it, but at least you tried!


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