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How to Card Wool: Four Spinners, Four Techniques (Download)

Learn four techniques for carding wool from four master spinners.
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Carding is the first step toward consistent, easy-to-spin woolen yarns, and hand cards are the most accessible tool for achieving them. But how to produce those  fluffy, lofty, spinnable rolags? There are many schools of thought. In this DVD, you’ll see four master spinners share their techniques and tricks, ranging from deeply traditional to somewhat eccentric. They all work. You’ll also enjoy bonus content with Andrea Mielke Shroer and Narcissa Venigas Perez, a spinner in the Oaxacan highlands. Much of this is basic lore, but there are also surprises:
  • How much fiber should you load onto your cards? It depends.
  • Should you start carding from the top of the card, or from the lip? It depends.
  • What’s better than forming one rolag from a single carding? Forming three!
  • Are those brand-new cards ready to go? Maybe not.
  • Should you rest your passive card on your thigh? How about waving it in the air?
  • Is changing hands a heresy?
Oh, there’s more, so much more. Whatever your own methods, if you’ve developed any, you will find food for thought and tricks to try.

SKU: EP4895

Author/Speaker/Editor: Carol Rhoades, Maggie Casey, Norman Kennedy and Rita Buchanan

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Great tips if you are already familiar with carding Review by Angela

While this video is excellent at showing many different ways of aligning fibers with hand carders, this video assumes the watcher is already familiar/moderately experienced with carding and wants to see ways to make the process more efficient. I am a complete novice, and there wasn't any information about what type of carder I should purchase for which wool (teeth per inch or TPI) or if straight backed is better for a newbie vs curved, etc. Is there a good standard I can start with or is my investment going to be for two sets of hand carders (cotton and wool)? I am still not sure . I think I was even more confused about what to purchase after watching. I would not recommend this video for beginners - you may be better served as I have by searching the internet for info. I have decided tentatively on Howard Brush - the price is good (50-60 dollars), it is designed to be a compromise between straight and curved by design, and for a small fee they will replace the carding fabric when it wears out for you. This was NOT in the video and I do not endorse Howard Brush or work for them .

(Posted on 2/23/14)