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Topic: Can I make roving without a drum carder?  (Read 3718 times)
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« on: October 12, 2010 08:24:55 AM »

If I use a dog brush to flick the wool open, is there a way that I can take that and make it into roving? Or is roving solely from a drum carder?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010 08:29:47 AM »

I use hand cards to make rolags - basically short bits of roving. It can be done with dog brushes, too, but they're not as sturdy.

There -is- a way to make roving with hand cards, but I haven't figured out how yet, so can't be much help there.

« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010 01:34:19 PM »

I have a set of wool combs.  Once you're done combing the wool, you can pull it straight off the combs into a roving.  Here's a video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjimjv-b2aE  Incidentally, those are the exact combs I purchased and they are wonderful!!!  I bought them because I wanted to be able to deal with raw fiber, and I wanted to be able to blend colors and fibers, both of which you can do using combs.  I couldn't afford a drum carder, so it was combs for me.

I seem to remember a video on youtube or somewhere that showed someone taking carded wool off the carder, and instead of rolling it into a rolag left it in a flat piece.  Then they stacked up the flat pieces of carded wool and I believe they drafted it out.  I haven't tried it myself, but it'd be worth a try if you're wanting to avoid the expense of a drum carder.

« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2010 05:49:50 AM »

Hi nikscaf:

Where did you get those mounted careers?  They look awesome.
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010 10:06:07 AM »

I bought them from Benjamin Green.  He has an ETSY shop, though currently I don't see combs listed:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BenjaminGreenStudio

He also sells them on eBay.  You can search with "wool combs" and you'll find them, though he doesn't have any listed there either.  I'll bet you could contact him though and he might have some in his workshop.

The quality of the woodworking is stunning -- the video just doesn't do them justice.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2011 12:03:57 PM »

Totally late here, but the way I make roving is by carding it and then putting it on a hackle. My hackle's homemade; I got a stand-up breakfast tray, screwed a bunch of hair picks to the side, and use a guitar pick with holes drilled in to draw out a strip of roving.

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