April 25-26, Tuesday & Wednesday – 2 Day Class
An introduction and deep exploration of carded fiber, the tool and hand process. Hand cards can be used to produce woolen/semi worsted preparation better than you can buy but it does involve some practice using the cards and knowledge of what cards can and cannot do. The best way to judge your carded material is to spin it and we will do just that in class.
We will talk about what the cards cannot do: clean the fiber, remove off-grade fibers, remove neps or veg material. Discussion of drum and industrial carding, its process, uses and limitations and what makes the hand processed fiber different from the industrial.
More importantly, we’ll cover what cards can do staring with basic carding: card size, number of teeth, curved or flat?, card maintenance, techniques: Opening, staple length, fiber condition, dealing with cotted fibers, woolen prep, “worsted” prep, blending fibers (homogeneous and linear), color blending, as distaff, to make sliver, to garnett, to reprocess commercial prep.
Don’t worry, we will not be carding continually for 2 days. Lecture/hands on carding is mixed in with demo carding, spinning samples, and Q&A periods.
Materials fee $20