Carding & Combing

A pair of lambs at Beech Grove Fiberworks. Photo by Kate Larson

Farm Fresh Fleece

There are two ways to grow wool: standardized and in great quantity, which is perfect for commercial use, or fleece by fleece, in what’s called a “handspinner’s flock.” Commercial doesn’t have to mean bad or lifeless–there is great wool to be found in repeatable lots, and those sheep can produce a lot of wool to…

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Spinning Exotic Fiber Blends

When my kids were little, I read Dr. Seuss’s One Fish, Two Fish to them about a million times.  The page that has stuck in my mind all these years is something like  “Brush brush brush brush, comb comb comb comb . . . if you like to brush and comb you should have a…

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Spinning Stripes

Ahhh, the colors of fall. The leaves are changing, the skies are cloudy and mysterious, and here in the Pacific Northwest the return of the rainy season means moss is springing back to life everywhere. I find that autumnal colors are the most inspirational for my spinning. I love the burnt oranges, bright reds, stormy…

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A Q&A with Fiber Prep Instructor Courtney Mussatt

    Courtney Mussatt If you visit every local fiber festival and exclaim over a sheep’s crimp, or look at bags of raw fleece in frustration, or vow “Never again!” after a fiber prep experience gone wrong, we’ve got the perfect webinar for you. Join us on August 24 for the live version, or download…

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Are You Carding Your Wool the Wrong Way?

  Probably not. Because there isn’t a single right way. Spinners all over the world from time before time have devised their own ways of aligning their fibers to make spinning a smooth, consistent yarn easier. This video shows five different approaches from five different spinners. They all work. There’s nothing better than learning from…

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Five Tips for Prepping Your Own Fiber

    Merino drumcarded from raw fleece, then spun and handpainted with food coloring in 2012. Deborah Gerish Group Content Manager spinningdaily.com When I bought my first wheel in 1996, it felt as though the spinning world had become my oyster: now any yarn was possible. Like many new spinners, I wanted total control over…

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How (and Why) To Wash Wool

    The results of washing fleece are magical.  When I first began spinning, the greasy fleece that the teacher spread out on the floor in front of us was not what I had in mind. With my visions of colorful handpainted tops and long ropes of roving, the smelly wool in front of me…

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Finding Bliss in the Teeth of a Drum Carder

    My first experience with a drumcarder was dreamy! We're thrilled to welcome Deb Gerish as our new Group Content Manager! Deb is an avid spinner and craft junkie, and we've invited her here to share a little about one of her favorite tools. –-Anne When I started spinning in 1996, working with raw…

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Hand Carding

With gorgeous prepared tops, roving, and batts, it’s easy enough to avoid hand carding if you really want to. But if it’s light, fluffy rolags you’ve been craving, then you’d better get carding.   If that sounds like a daunting proposition, here are a few tips that might make it easier for you.    …

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Practice Makes Perfect: Preparing for sheep to shawl

  Team members practice at the Bakery Emporium. Photos courtesy of Laura Barrett-Oliver. Sheep to Shawl competitions are a test of skill and speed, but planning and preparing for the competition often involves many more details. Members of the Five Sisters Spinning Guild (Oklahoma) gathered at the Bakery Emporium in Lawton, OK, last Saturday to…