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« on: March 11, 2008 01:21:48 AM »

So I got myself a new toy recently. A Strauch petite drum carder. I love it! Only thing is that it takes me SOOOOOOOOooooooooo long to card anything!  And I'm starting with roving!  I can't imagine starting out with raw wool or something.

So, let's put a sort of poll out there. How long does it take you to card up a batt on your drum carder? I realize everyone's answer will be different. Depends on the model of carder, the type of fiber, etc. I just want to get a general idea. Cause I've spent up to 2 hours on less than one ounce of fiber on the petite!  ouch! =0)

« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008 06:17:00 AM »

I have a Louet fine cloth carder and I can make 2 oz batts from start to finish in about half hour to 45 minutes. I sometimes run them through more than once so I would say that's an average. I'm newer at it too so I'm sure there are some Super Batt Makers that can really turn them out fast, but that's my average time frame. HTH, have you watched the YouTube video on drum carding? EXTREMELY helpful!

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008 06:17:17 AM »

This roving took me less than an hour on a Patrick Green Deb's Deluxe.

I made up 4 batts combining white corriedale roving and burgandy mill ends. Split and mixed those batts and carded at least 4 times.

Took some pre-carded Shetland batts, fluffed them up, made batt with a layer of the Shetland and a layer of the 'pink'.

This all took about half hour or so.

Pulled them into roving.

There's about 8 oz of batts:

Less than 2 hours to spin my first bobbin:

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2008 07:49:32 AM »

It takes me about 1/2 hour to make a 2oz batt from commercial wool and closer to an hour when I am carding from a scoured fleece. It takes less time when I am working on a texture batt (a batt with locks and sparlke and fun stuff that won't be spun consistent.) I would check out Rexenne on Youtube. I'd post a link but no youtube at the office. She has wonderful videos that go over step by step how to card a batt.

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2008 08:45:36 AM »

MULLERSLANEFARM, those bats, roving, and yarn are beautiful! 

I haven't gotten my carder yet, but when it gets here I'll see how long it takes me.  wonder how long that'll be??

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008 12:11:55 PM »

thanks you guys! This is all so informative and helpful! I do know how to card a batt. I just was wondering how long it was taking other ppl to do. I think things may be compounded by the fact that I bought a bunch of bamboo and tencel and silkies to blend.  I do have the brush attachment for my baby (we call it Bob the Carder!) and it seems to help a lot with the whispies, but maybe that's why I've been so dang slow?  I don't know. Plus I'm sure pmpknpunk is right that the more you do the faster you get. And I really haven't done that many. So thanks so much for your help! ;0)
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2008 02:04:04 PM »

Eep, two hours! It takes me like 10 minutes to card 4oz (2 2oz batts) if I'm carding from roving or anything other than raw fleece. And I do add in lots of stuff (bamboo, sparkle, mohair, etc). Maybe I just don't realize how long it takes?? I'm definitely going to start timing myself now.

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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2008 03:11:20 PM »

I don't have a carder, but I used one while in my spinning class.  We used a big  Louet carder...I think it was pretty old.  The framework was large, but the drum and licker-in were normal-sized. 

Anyway, I was basically blending different colors of Corriedale already in roving form and only passed it through once,.  I'm with feralfeminine...it only took me a few minutes.  I think I got about 1 1/2 ounces. 

Maybe I'm not completely understanding the question?  Did your batt-making time  include time cleaning the carder to prep for the next batt?   Huh
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2008 05:22:19 AM »

Yum, mullerslanefarm, your batts make my mouth water. They remind me of something chocolate and cream and cherry for dessert.
My carder has 36pts per square inch and in my case it really depends on what kind of fiber I use. Some only needs to be carded twice, some other 5 or 6 times and very slow cranking. I have never tried carding roving yet, but I know there's a big difference in time between alpaca and silk or coarser material like milksheep (that really goes like; pluck-and-tease-washed-fleece, ram-through-drumcarder-at-high-speed, divide-batt-into-4-parts, repeat-procedure, done!)

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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2008 07:49:26 AM »

A dog brush is a good tool I use my doffer brush to straighten the fibers and prevent fly aways since Louet carders don't have a brush attachement. And Nicolassa I do count cleaning the carder in my time allowance since it is necessary.

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