In this video we will show you some useful tools for preparing and blending fibres. First of all we will look at carding brushes, which work small quantities of fibre at a time, but are easy to manage and cheap, to start with you can choose one with average sized needles. So let’s see, for example, how to blend two or more colours. Insert a few clumps of fibre onto the needles of one of the brushes, covering the entire surface, then in this case add some other coloured clumps, and we can continue until
we have filled up the all the area. Now let’s brush the fibres repeatedly and when we’re satisfied with the blend, remove them from the brush. An easy way to remove the blended fibres is to place 2 knitting needles between
the tips of the fibre that are coming out of the brush and pull them slightly upwards wrapping the fibres around the knitting needles. After removing the knitting needles delicately, will have created a kind of tube like shape with a hole where the fibres are open enough to be able to unroll them when we start spinning them from one end. If the roll was too tight it would be very difficult to spin. The second tool that we are going to show you is the drum carder. Regardless of their size and accessories, the basic principle is the combing of the fibres that are positioned on the feeder table and fitted between two rollers. The product that comes out of the carder is called the batt in technical jargon, in other words like a carded mat, in which all the fibres are aligned and
overlapping in layers. We can choose to put different coloured fibres side by side into the carder to get a batt that once it’s spun will have a different effect on the colour changes. The carders with medium density needles
such as this one are perfect for blending colours and
ribbon or carded fibres that must be well-opened by hand because if it’s too thick or dense they tend to force the roller lever mechanisms. Once removed from the rollers, to shape the batt stretch out the mat of fibre and then simply roll it with your hands.