Monday, May 31, 2010

Drum Carder Tutorial-Beginning to Card





Before I begin carding, I pull the fiber apart a bit to thin it... it's looser and less taxing on the carder.

(If you don't, sometimes it can get sort of stuck.)

I feed the wool through at a steady rate...

...and the sharp little teeth grab and separate the fibers into long, straight rows.

If you use merino, or more directional fiber than I have here...

...try to feed it through in the direction of its growth.

After I've gotten some fiber on the drum...

...I use the burnishing tool (with slight pressure) to help flatten the batt.

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