Carding

Drum Carder
Drum Carder

Before spinning, it is generally necessary to separate and align the fibers to ensure a smooth and consistent result. A drum carder (pictured) is immensely helpful to getting this done fairly quickly and efficiently. Fibers come off the large drum in a sheet called a “batt”, and I usually wrap them up in little balls to keep them neat and tidy until they¬†are spun.

Hand carding results in smaller batches of fibers, which are generally rolled off the carders into “rolags”.

Naturally dyed handcarded rolags
Naturally dyed handcarded rolags

 

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