Wool Carding and Combing: Using Drum & Hand Carders and Wool Combs

Whether you are new to spinning or have been spinning for years, you’ll want to revisit the fiber processing tips presented in this free eBook. Step-by-step instructions are presented for wool combing and carding, including detailed illustrations and tips on how to card wool either by hand or with a drum carder.

Are you using a long-luster wool, a fine wool, or an exotic fiber? Robin Russo walks you through a variety of helpful combing techniques—from selecting the right comb to keeping your existing combs in tip-top shape. Carol Huebscher Rhoades demonstrates an easy approach to hand carding with a light touch. With her suggestions, you can take the stress, frustration, and body aches out of using a hand carder and create light and fluffy rolags. For larger carding tasks, Robin Russo shows you how to use drum carding to produce soft, lofty, fuzzy, warm, and lightweight fibers. And for your creative side, Susan Douglas and Rosemary Thomas teach you how you can get carried away using flicked locks rolled into colorful "pseudorolags." With a little fiber, the wool preparation tools of your choice, and your own imagination, the possibilities are endless!




What’s inside?

When spinners explain their craft to others, they often start by explaining the basics of wool carding and combing. While both processes are important steps in preparing fibers for spinning, experienced and novice spinners alike have very diverse approaches to fiber preparation. With this free eBook we show you how to get the most out of your fiber combs and cards, and get beyond commercially prepared fiber through trying new methods and a variety of wool carding tools. Plus, along with each helpful article on wool combing and carding, you’ll discover tips and expert instruction to help you along the way.


Combing: Organizing Fibers to Spin

by Robin Russo

Not sure of which comb to choose for a particular fiber? Are you using a fine wool, a long-luster wool, alpaca, mohair, angora, or another exotic fiber? Are you separating fibers or organizing fibers? Is it best to use a Viking comb or a Paddle comb? Robin answers all of these questions while providing invaluable tips for comb selection, fiber organization, combing techniques, and overall safety while combing. The detailed illustrations and clear step-by-step by instructions will have you combing even the most exotic fibers in no time!


Handcarding with a Light Touch

by Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Do you dread hand carding? Have you given up on hand carding all together to preserve your sanity and your joints? It doesn’t have to be that way! Carding fiber should be a quick, efficient, and painless method for preparing fibers for light, airy, beautiful yarns. This article outlines steps for making carding faster, improving body positioning, and ensuring wonderful rolags. Carol gives you step-by-step instructions for placing your fibers on the wool carder, optimizing hand carder motions, transferring fibers, and, ultimately, making perfect rolags. Whether you are new to spinning or looking for a way to perfect your hand carding technique, you’ll find helpful tips and tricks to guarantee easy-to-spin results.



by Robin Russo

New and experienced spinners will both agree that hand carding can be a tedious and arduous task—especially for those larger projects. If you dread hand carding, using a wool carding machine may not only be the answer, it could change your outlook on carding forever! Robin explains that having a little understanding about your drum carding machine and exactly what it can do, will make a big difference in the spinning process. This free article introduces you to a few simple rules and uncomplicated steps that will not only enhance your drum carding, but will also ensure beautiful carded batts for spinning or felting.


On a Roll with Pseudorolags

by Susan Z. Douglas and Rosemary S. Thomas

If the best ideas are brilliantly simple, then the "pseudorolag" is one of the best! They are called pseudorolags because they are not considered to be true rolags because they are not hand carded, but instead, are made from flicked locks. A variety of fibers, from fine to coarse, are suitable this technique. You can use up your stash of different textured and colored fibers to create yarns with amazing depth, color, and variety—without the need for hand carders, hackles, or special tools. It’s surprisingly simple and easy! All you need is fiber, a flick carder, and your own ideas. The possibilities are endless!

Whatever you’ll be using your handspun wool for, you’ll find this resource helpful.

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