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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2016, 12:34:50 pm »
I found that blending on a drum carder seemed to muss up the fibres, undoing all the previous prep.  With a blending board you have control of where each fibre goes so you can make stripey rolags, or you can blend fibres together really thoroughly.  When you then take the fibres off the board as rolags, they are just as you laid them on there.  Using two sticks, you partially pull the batt through the teeth which helps to realign all the fibres and make all those scrummy, tight rolags.  They are much easier to spin than normal light fluffy rolags.  before I tried it, I though I wouldn't like how tight they are, but I really do.  The singles spun seem more even too.


Sounds like you'll be getting a blending board then Polyanya  :roflanim:
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Polyanya

  • Joined Mar 2015
  • Shetland
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Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2016, 02:44:57 pm »
Looks like I'm going to have to  :excited:
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2016, 12:22:27 pm »
I do not have a blending board but I do use a large hand card as one. I can do it in front of the telly too.

Polyanya

  • Joined Mar 2015
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Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2016, 09:37:47 am »
Well Santa left me  the combs ( mini louet single row ) and do you know I just haven't had a chance to try them out yet  :(. Once all the family returned to their own homes I got busy cutting squares for a new quilt we need. The house is also looking so nice and tidy I haven't the heart to to bring out all the bags of fleece, although I am a little nervous the tines seem so fragile  :thinking:.
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2016, 10:31:55 am »
I know how you feel. I was willing my guests to go home so that I could try out the new loom :-)
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2016, 11:44:07 am »
I am a little nervous the tines seem so fragile  :thinking:.
Congratulations on your gift! 

Just take care to not clash the tines together when you comb.  And don't overload the comb, and don't push the fluff right down to the bottom of the tines.  You'll be fine.
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Polyanya

  • Joined Mar 2015
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Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2017, 11:24:20 am »
Oooh now I'm really scared  :o
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Carder or combs
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2017, 11:39:13 pm »
Don't be scared.  Try something lovely and not too long on them - Shetland maybe ;). You will love spinning the result. :)
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