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Combing Fiber DVD

Learn to create splendid tops for all your spinning needs using fiber combs.

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Wool combing is a little alarming to the novice – swinging heavy implements with long, needle-sharp teeth can be hazardous. Yet this method of preparation produces the most wonderfully organized, fluffy, silky fiber imaginable. In this workshop, Robin Russo covers the basics and much, much more.

  • You’ll see a wide range of tools in action, from simple pet combs to hand-held Viking combs, to Russian paddle combs, to classic English combs.
  • You’ll learn that combing is perfect for cleaning out guard hairs and debris, for blending fibers of similar length, and for true worsted spinning.
  • You’ll see how different combs are appropriate for different fibers, and how to choose the kind that’s best for you.
  • You’ll learn important guidelines for safety and for equipment care and maintenance.
  • And you’ll hear intriguing stories of wool combing in history, from martyred saints to craftsmen’s guilds.
About the Author

Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont, where she teaches spinning, dyeing, working with exotic fibers, and felting. She has taught at numerous gatherings of spinners, weavers, knitters and historical societies since 1989.   She has been a fiber enthusiast for more than forty years and takes every opportunity to explore its potential.

SKU: 12SP11

Author/Speaker/Editor: Robin Russo

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596686793

Customer Reviews

So glad I purchased this! Review by Denise

As a spinner for 30+ years have done some wool combing in the past but struggled a bit. Ms. Russo's presentation of the subject is first-rate; clear, concise and entertaining. I'm going back to my combs with new found confidence. I especially enjoyed Ms. Russo's demonstrations of techniques used for exotics and camilids.
As an aside to the reviewer who was taken aback and stated her daughter was appalled that a lamb was "shaved bald and killed" ...sheep are 'shorn' not 'shaved' and lamb is a product of the farm, just as wool as is. Lamb fleeces, such as the one shown, are delightful to work with. It would be a shame to waste it.

(Posted on 4/2/14)

Great preview Review by Pam

To Katherine,
Robin said she "Enjoyed picking the fiber off of the animal. She didn't say anything about them being butchered.
It would be senseless to sheer them them kill them. You would be able to get any more wool off of them. I use to raise Angora Rabbits and I had to sheer them every 3 months or so. I waited til their wool was about 4" long and then would sheer them.
So tell your daughter we're not mean to animals!!
There is a video on YouTube that shows a lady spinning straight off of an Angora Rabbit. Check it out.

(Posted on 2/3/14)

Good - but should have left out one piece of information Review by Katherine

This was a very good video, and now I know I have to get some fibre combs. I just wished she had left out part of one sentence. My 14 yo daughter, who loves animals, was watching part of it with me when the host of the video was talking about some fibre that was shorter, and explained that it was from a lamb that was shorn before it went to the butcher. My daughter was horrified. She said "You mean, they shaved a lamb bald and sent it to be KILLED!" I had to reassure her that most sheep are not immediately sent to the butcher after shearing, but I really wish the host had not shared that information on the video. It really turns off the kids, and it was not necessary information for the topic.

(Posted on 12/29/13)

Wonderful educational video Review by Catherine

I knew what combed fiber was but had no idea how easy it was to do. In this video she talks you through several different types of fiber and different methods. The added stories of her past make it as entertaining as educational. I was able to combing my first set with ease and was extremely pleased with the results.

(Posted on 12/20/13)