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.

Enjoy!



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!