Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carding Tutorial

I recently got my drum carder back after a brief hiatus, and now I want to card All The Things! It started with these bundles of Hello Yarn Club Fiber:

Side By Side: Burnished
(Original fiber on the right in all pictures)

.....moved on to this:

Side By Side: Kitsune

...and then came the Wensleydale (as usual):

Side By Side: Smells of the Sea

A few people expressed interest in a wee photo tutorial of this process, so I decided to document the whole thing, and HERE YA GO!

STACIE'S SWIFTY CARDING TUTORIAL!


Step One:
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Find a nice fiber with hearty contrast and make sure the colors don't bleed into each other too much. I'm using HY "Pate de Fruit" in Rambouillet.

Step Two:
Step Two:
I usually fold up my fiber and align the colors to get a better idea of just how many breaks I should make. In this case, I'm going with the darkest blue-grey, light blue, mint green, ochres, that coral-esque color, brightest pinks, darker purples, and the brown-purple tone.

Step Three:
Step Three:
Tear it all apart! I tear it up as close to the color splits as I can, but I don't worry too much about other colors getting in there. That will just add to the heathering of each batt.

Step Four:
Step Four:
Open up each bundle of color and run it through the carder. Be patient, take your time. This picture isn't that great, but I really make sure to open things up and spread out any errant colors.

Step Five:
Step Five:
Here are 2 of the color bundles run through the carder. You can see that there is a little bit of striping in the closer one, that's because I only ran it through the carder once at this point, so the colors aren't completely blended.

Step Six:
Step Six:
Here are all 8 of the colors, having gone through the carder once. Some of these are really close in tone (especially those two on the left), but I'm going to run them through a second time and see how they come out before deciding if I want to combine them.

Step Seven:
Step Seven:
....And here they are after the second pass through the carder. The colors are better blended. I could run them through a third (or fourth) time at this point, but I'm happy with how they look now.

Step Eight:
Step Eight:
Bundle 'em up and admire your work! The lighter bundles here are all very close, but I think I can use them nicely for some colorwork, with subtle changes.

Now go spin them up!

Thanks for reading, and I hope this all makes sense!

8 comments:

  1. PERFECTION. Excellent explanations and superb piktoors!

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  2. omg, i want to card all the things on my drum carder now instead of hand carding!!!!! thanks for the step-by-step tutorial. It reminded me of this: http://youtu.be/ay6GjmiJTPM

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  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I totally want a drum carder now! How perfect for colorwork to split everything up and it still all compliments each other. Love it!!

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  4. Super tutorial!! And you're welcome to send me all the fibers!

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  5. Perfect timing for me - great information - Thanks!

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  6. Thanks so much for taking the time to show us your skillz, Stacie! Very helpful! Now I just need a drum carder.... ;0
    -stripedsocks

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  7. Brilliant - Thanks very much for the tutorial.

    Now sneaking over to look at the fruits of you labours in your Rav stash!

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