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« on: December 30, 2007 02:13:41 PM »

I love to layer, like this:



I card each color 2-4 times to sort-of "prime" it for the layering (# of times depends on the fiber itself).  Then I take each batt I made, spread it out thin, and start carding one color at a time.  EASY!!! 

I realllllly love to experiment with this method because you can just do one layer of each color, or 2 of each, or 1 of this one and 2 of those...endless fun!  And I like trying colors that I think really WON'T go together, because so many times I have found out that "two wrongs (colors) can make a right (blend)", LOL! 

This method is great, too, because the roving pulled from it has such depth and character, like this:



So what is your fav method?  What method of carding makes you just BEAM with joy?  If you can, show fellow craftsters some of the fruits of your labors!
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008 10:19:43 PM »

So where are your ideas peeps?!  Let's share our carding adventures!

Here is my brand new baby:

My BIG present this Christmas, a Strauch Doublewide Finest!  My darling husband took me for a night out to the casino, and I won the last Christmas Cash drawing...$1500!!!  I NEVER enter the drawings, cause I always feel like I won't win, but my loving husband told me to enter this time, and reluctantly I did...and I actually won.  I freaked out and cried SO hard, it was amazing.  Then, over the next few days, my hubby kept telling me, "Now you have the money for that carder you want, SO GET IT ALREADY!", and I kept putting it off.  I had a million excuses why I shouldn't, but he kept at me about it.  Well, finally he decided to take matters into his own hands and put the money on my debit card and HE BOUGHT IT!  I was so pleasantly shocked, words can't describe.  And yes, I cried AGAIN, lol!

And here is the first BEAUTIFUL batt we made with it:
**Front**


**Back**


I LOVE this carder!!!  YAY!!!

So what do you do with your carder?  Come on peeps, let's share!   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 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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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2008 11:10:17 PM »

The batt looks gorgeous, like mint chocolate chip ice cream! I regret that I have nothing more to add -- carding/spinning is not yet in the financial crystal ball.
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« Reply #4 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!
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008 01:38:23 AM »

Gosh, it is so tempting. Especially with the simplicity of a drop spindle (but knowing me, I'd manage to find a wheel at a flea market or a garage sale or craiglist) I might have to put spinning on the list of new crafts to start this year, right next to upholstery!

And there is so much delicious roving all over the interwebs.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2008 08:07:04 AM »

I want a drum carder sooooo bad! I hate carding on my hand cards (aka dog brushes)
I really even dislike it so much I doubt I'd like Real hand cards. I keep hoping to find one on e-bay but I may just have to start saving up for it. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008 08:14:19 AM »

My new favorite carding fiber is sari silk, I add it like to everything Cheesy
Here is one example, simple Blue Faced Leicester as the base with a huge amount of sari silk on top :

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2008 08:21:23 AM »

Marion H that is so pretty!
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« Reply #9 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!
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