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Topic: Needing clarification about what wool pickers are used for  (Read 1459 times)
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« on: May 11, 2010 01:06:39 PM »

I am kind of confused about wool pickers, like the one shown here: http://woolpickers.com/welcome.html .  Do folks use these wool pickers in place of combs?  Is it an alternative to carding?  Can wool pickers be used to blend fiber?  I don't have hand carders yet, and though I would love a drum carder, they are just way too expensive for me to consider at this point.  The wool picker is something I could afford, but I'm not really clear on how it's used.  I have a fair amount of leftover fiber from spinning projects, and I'd like to be able to card it or blend it for future spinning.

The wool picker in the link looks like a pretty cool gizmo, and it's so much more affordable than a drum carder!  But I'm pretty confused about what exactly the wool picker accomplishes and whether it can be used to blend colors and fibers.

What I'm imagining is that someone would use the wool picker instead of combs, and then you could maybe use a DIY hackle and diz to create roving?  Does this make sense?

If anyone can set me straight, it would be awesome.  Has anyone used one?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2010 03:36:04 PM »

I think I might have answered my own question.  It looks like the wool picker is to be used on a freshly washed fleece that's still kind of tangled together.  Looks like it separates and fluffs up the fibers in preparation for carding or combing.  Is that right?

Since I don't have any plans to buy a raw fleece, the wool picker probably isn't of use to me.  Too bad -- it looks like fun to use!!
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