Fiber blending techniques on a carder

In this video we’re going to show you some techniques about mxing fibres and colours. The purpose of these processes is to open our materials mechanically and get them ready like this for spinning. But at the same time
they can be useful when creating artistic effects And interesting colours. The first technique we’re going to explore the potentiality of is carding. The carder is an interesting tool to improve the selection of the fibre. One of the easiest processes is simply overlapping Different colours onto the carder roller
one layer on top of the other. So let’s prepare the colour mixture in a more or less consistent quantity And in at least four different colours. Let’s start laying out the first tufts on the plate of the carder, making sure they’re in line and slightly overlapped. On the second coat We should arrange the colours so as to overlap alternate colours in one place, One coat after the other. let’s keep in mind that the fibres should be rather open and of an average quantity when inserted into the carder, to avoid ruining the mechanism
or having a heap of just one colour or material that perhaps aren’t consistent with the rest of our project. let’s see what happens when we take the carded rug out of the machine: if we try to lay out and roll a strip of batt up We’ll see what will happen during the spinning. a sequence of spirals is created
in alternating colours, that the native English call “barber pole” or lollipop, as it reminds them of the style of the old-fashioned barber’s sign, Or the sticks of some
lollipops. The buttoned effect technique can lead to the creation of, or very refined yarn or a very audacious one. depending on the colours or materials used
in the mixture. Let’s try a mixture that we really like, it’s based on a basic mix of fairly long fibres such as, wool or silk. let’s start putting our fibres into the carder
well opened and alternated equally, To obtain a thin and uniform mélange. now let’s start inserting, for example, some residue from silk processing, whose texture has small cotton balls or bobbles; spread them out in small quantities over the whole surface together in the machine with tufts of long fibre, and here’s the outcome: our rug has
a starry covering, That while spinning it allows it to obtain a buttoned body, typical of tweed yarns. now let’s try and take this process to the extreme, by changing the basic colours and let’s be daring with some bright coloured dye, And add some buttons, such as black ones. Here’s what our carded rug looks like, and above all in what way we can create our yarn, Chunky, soft and a little eccentric. The next technique we’re going to look at is the
gradient effect. We’ve given this name to a type of carded rug Where strips of colours are combined with light and dainty naunces. In this case, the planning of the colours before carding is essential so let’s take tufts of fibre and lay them out in sequence, Having already decided how we want the colour to develop in the finished yarn. to achieve this colour development we have to distribute the fibres into three
colour bands, carefully and accurately overlapping the transition colours, in a way that nuances or gradients are formed. When spinning it’s sufficient to prepare a series of mixed fibre portions to spin repeating the nuances as desired
One after the other. In the next video… FIBRE BLENDING TECHNIQUES: BLENDING

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