Guest Post: Ombre Batts with Sayra from Atomicblue Fiber

Sayra from Atomicblue Fiber recently shared this fantastic tutorial video featuring her Louet carder. On today’s post, she shares more of her process with our blog readers to inspire fibery fun this winter. If you’re eager to get your hands on a drum carder, now is the perfect time: our StandardClassic & Elite drum carders are 10% off with free freight now through December 31, 2015 only at your nearest Louet Retailer.


Multifaceted batts are much easier to make with this trick. I was playing in the studio one day, carding some semi felted roving. I carded the colors into layers. Then went to rip it up, thinking I would spin it like that. Instead I carded it again, with the batt sections on their side. Wow, I thought this is really interesting!

The batts are micro striped, with an effortless ombre look. The first time I tried it, was when I pulled the batt into 4 sections. I now separate the batt into 8 sections. It makes it easier to card and control where the fibers go. Here is my step-by-step process demonstrated in the video above:

Step 1: Start with lots of colorful fiber!

Step 2: Add your brights.

Step 3: Remove the Batt.

Step 4: Lay your batt out.

Step 5: Tear apart your batt.

Step 6: Card your batt again!

Step 7: Admire your batt!

Step 8: Spin with your batt!

You could get the same look, by carding a batt four times. Instead, try this carding hack, it’s fun. Consider carding up 10 colors, or just 3 for a tonal look. Mix up the fibers! Try merino,bamboo,and fake cashmere! Add sparkle, or not. It is a fun, very easy technique. The yarns spun from these batts, and subtle and very pretty.

Have fun carding!


Meet the Roving Drum Carder + See It Spun

Meet our affordable Roving Drum Carder! This pint-sized powerhouse allows you to create an extra-long, narrow batt that is ready to spin the moment you pull it off of the carder! You can watch the short video below for an overview of its unique features,  then click here to view on our website!  

With the Tour de Fleece just around the corner, now is a great time to evaluate your fiber stash and plan your spinning projects for July. If you’ve been curious to try some of our spin-worthy fibers, you might want to check out some of these recent reviews featuring Louet spinning fiber:

On the Knitting Sarah blog, get a closer look at how two different fiber preparations affect the finished handspun yarn in her side-by-side comparison of Louet Jacob Sliver and Topclick here to read more!

You can read more about Knitting Sarah‘s spinning adventures with Louet fibers such as Shetland, Wensleydale, Finn and more here on her breed-specific recap post!

If you’re thinking about trying your hand at dyeing fiber at home, you won’t want to miss out on this two-part series featuring Gaywool Dyes and our Tussah Silk Top on the Dustbunnies Under My Loom blog; click here to read part one and here to read part two!

Four of our Canterbury Prize Fibers (Dorset, Perendale, Leicester and Shetland) were also spun & reviewed on the KnottyGnome blog – click here to read more!