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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 05, 2008 02:00:04 PM

please do tell a bit(lot) more about your carding methods- how do you mean layering? I have been expermenting but just get striped .I have an ashford drum carder that hasn't been getting much use because I'm not happy with the results I just feel dumb because I don't get it!!!!
I have tons- well pounds of raw wool just sitting !!!!

I just take a small amount each of at least 3 colors, card them each separately until they are well carded, then I put them on the carder by adding one after another.  At this point you will have a "sandwichy" looking batt, it should look layered from the edges, but solid colored on the big flat sides.  Then I split it into 4 strips and card them together, then I repeat until I am happy with the batt.  Easy and fun, and the results can realllllly change the way you look at color.  Optical mixing starts happening after it gets carded 3-4 times, and it can get a little muddy, too.  I put my layered batt through 3 times to get a nice blend without losing the original colors.  Sometimes twice is plenty, you really have to eyeball it.  So fun...you'll be addicted!
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Batts? on: January 05, 2008 01:42:46 PM
Those are so pretty!  If it was me, I would gently pull the batts apart into strips (start at the edge and pull strips off), draft them out to a small roving, and then spin them.  When drafting, take care to do it SLOWLY, this will give you FAR more even results.  It will be time consuming, but the effort will not be wasted.  Taking your time now will not only save you time later, but you will have more predictable results.  Hope that helps at least a little bit Cheesy
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 04, 2008 01:23:15 AM
MarionH - BTW, that wool in those batts looks D-E-V-I-N-E!  Love it!
24  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Price on White Roving on: January 04, 2008 01:22:07 AM
Oh I want to dye some pre-made roving SOOOOO BAD! Shocked
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 04, 2008 01:14:58 AM
OMG MarionH that is SO GEORGEOUS!!!  (Having fiber envy here... Shocked)

Is Sari Silk easy to card?  I have never tried it cause I always wondered if it would get stuck in that carder or bend the teeth or something horrible would happen (I think I am still "babying" my new carder...or I am just a little "slow" at times, LOL).  Has it gone through the carder easily, or did you have to prep it any certain way before carding? 

I just CAN NOT STOP LOOKING AT THAT PICTURE!  Those batts are just beautiful!
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Best Price on White Roving on: January 03, 2008 01:23:50 AM
Hello all!  Grin

Where can I get the best price on plain white (or cream, or ecru) non-dyed roving and/or top?
(This can be wool or whatever.)

Have you purchased from this business before?

What was your experience with them like?

Did you dye it?

ThAnKs ahead for all the help, I really do appreciate it!
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you love your Carder? on: January 03, 2008 01:12:03 AM
I put a couple pics on this:

Will have more soon! 

Fibers AWAY!!!!
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 03, 2008 01:08:49 AM
Thanx Cheera!  If you want to get into spinning, a very inexpensive way is to start on a drop spindle.  They can be readily purchased all over the internet, and they are SUPER easy to use.  I started on a homemade one made from a dowel and and a pre-cut circle of wood from Wal-Mart (I think the wood circle was actually a blank for wood burning art).  I had my hubby drill a hole in the middle of the wood circle, then I sanded one end of the dowel to a dull point (~16" long) and pushed it through the hole.  He drilled it exactly the size of the dowel, 1/4 inch, and that made it a very snug fit, which was what we were going for.  You can add glue at that area if needed.  Then I got one of those screw-in hanger hooks (they look like coat hooks, only tiny), and screwed it into the other end (the flat end) of the dowel, and VIOLA!  A $1.50 spindle!  It worked GREAT, and still does, and I loved that I was making my own yarn to crochet and knit with.  It's like coming full circle in my crafting.  I love it, it really lets me add my own personality to my art.

As for fiber prep, you could always buy pre-made roving or top.  There are SO many fibers out there, not just wool, so your options would be huge.  And you can get plain white or cream color and dye it up yourself and spin it.  Since it's premade into an already prepared fiber, all you have to do is spin it!  Fun, easy, and not as expensive as you might think.  There are plenty of places on the internet to find out how to dye your own roving and top, and you can even do it "Child Safe" and use Kool Aid or Wilton's dye! 

Best of luck, I really hope you try it---it is so much fun!
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Opinions and advice about drum carders on: January 02, 2008 10:42:58 PM
I had to put this on here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216889.0

That is the most AWESOME carder!
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? on: January 02, 2008 10:24:54 PM
I forgot to mention that the batt is black Alpaca, black dyed Suffolk, chocolate brown Llama, and Handpainted Soy Silk in blue-greens.  I love love love brown and turquoise together, it is sooooooo yummy! Wink
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