Processing fiber as you prepare to start spinning can be a time-consuming endeavor, but with the right tools, it can not only be a little bit easier – it can also be fun!
Our new XL Drum Carder gives you a whole new way to Make it Your Own! The wide drum, loosely-spaced extra-long teeth and high surface speed ratio allow you to create lovely, lofty blended batts. In the video below, we’ll show you how to create a batt while giving you a tour of the XL Drum Carder, which shares many of Louet’s standard features: it is specially designed so that you never need to make adjustments; the gear box is completely enclosed to keep fiber out of the chain drive; and the large drum sports a wooden groove which makes batt removal a breeze. It includes table clamps a doffer brush, and a doffer pin. Set your creativity on fire with this essential fiber prep tool!
Another new arrival to our fiber preparation line is our Blending Board, which allows you to produce rolags and batts consistently with one handy tool! The board has 72 teeth per inch (not sharpened) and is made of laquered laminated birch measuring 30 x 30 cm. There is a rotating keel with 3 locations for locking into place; it also comes with two dowels and a blending brush for easy fiber removal.
Why spin from a batt or rolag? If you have been hoarding fibers, they are a great way to make unique color and fiber combinations while using up your stash – here is a fantastic article about building a batt from your stash from KnittySpin to inspire you! Batts are rather versatile: from the blanket of fiber you create, you can use it in a variety of ways to make either a worsted or woolen yarn; you can spin from one end of the whole shebang, predraft strips of the batt, pull off chunks of fiber as you go, or even roll it up as though it were a rolag as we saw in this clever photo tutorial! If you would like to try your hand at spinning a true woolen yarn, rolags are the way to go (though you can also spin a worsted-style yarn from rolags).
Both preparations are a great way to explore color and texture in your handspun yarns. We look forward to seeing your creations here in our Ravelry group!