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Topic: A sort of poll....Do you pre-draft your fiber?  (Read 3883 times)
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« on: December 11, 2007 06:45:53 PM »

 The other day I bumped into another spinner at my LYS. We were both buying fiber and she mentioned that she never pre-drafted, never! I have always pre-drafted and was really surprised. That got me thinking.......Are you a pre-drafter?
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2007 07:35:53 PM »

YES...I'm still new, but I definitely pre-draft more now than the first couple of goes...it makes a big difference in ease of drafting, and the finished yarn..
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007 08:47:46 PM »

Yes and no. No I don't pre-draft, but I do run it through my carder now that I have one. If I try to spin right from roving, especially if it's been dyed, sometimes hurts my hands.

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2007 12:16:45 AM »

I don't if it is commercially prepared and I can just split the roving. I have on occasion dyed some stuff that required me to predraft cause it almost felted. I do predraft for the spindle , however, but not for wheel spinning. I can go faster on a drop spindle if I predraft...hmm this is perplexing...wow Huh
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2007 04:14:16 AM »

YES...I'm still new, but I definitely pre-draft more now than the first couple of goes...it makes a big difference in ease of drafting, and the finished yarn..
I am still new too and do exactly the same as weirdlilcraftychic ! And yes, I think that home dyed fibers really need a lot of pre-drafting too !

« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2007 07:34:17 AM »

If its commercially prepared top I split it into strips and spin, drafting as I go along. With batts I predraft depending on how I want the colors to blend and with hand combed I predraft for ease.

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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2007 09:23:26 AM »

I find that predrafting commercially prepared roving still makes it easier to spin. The fibers slide easier past one another when you are drafting during spinning. I've purchased roving that is so airy and light that pre-drafting seems unnecessary. Being shipped, compacted or being handled a lot tends to make the roving so dense that if I don't pre-draft spinning becomes a chore.

When I pull roving/sliver myself from combs, pre-drafting makes the fiber more manageable if I'm not pulling it through a diz.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2007 12:09:33 PM »

I predraft some after I split everything, then draft properly as I spin.

Predrafting puts me into the proper frame of mind.

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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2007 12:23:06 PM »

I predraft, lots, and lots and lots.

I've found it makes a huge difference.  I didn't used to, but then I tried it, and now I do it all the time.   I tend to just sit on the couch with a bag of roving and predraft while I'm watching tv with the hubby.

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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2007 01:21:21 PM »

I always predraft if it's some commercially prepared fibre. 

Whenever I've hand-dyed wool it's become so felted that I've had to card it all in order to spin it!  Must stop poking it about in the dyebath...   Roll Eyes

I agree that sitting predrafting fibre is a great way to get in the frame of mind for spinning!   Cheesy

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