Exploration and Adventures with the Drum Carder
Drum carders are a mystery to the average fiber artist: fiber is fed into the carder, ends up on the big drum, and something magical happens in between. One Day One: ‘Exploring the Drum Carder’, students begin the day by learning the history of drum carders, how they work, and why they function the way they do. The fun goes hands on for the rest of the day as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient, and crank out five different batts. The first batt will be hand cranked before switching over to Electric Drive for the duration of class. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.
Day Two: Student will take their knowledge from day one to the next level by "Exploring the Drum Carder". We will continue to de-mystify the drum carder. Batts will be prepared both semi-worsted and woolen. Students will learn different techniques to add fiber to an art batt, prepare batts for spinning sock yarn, and learn to add silk or bamboo into woolen batts. Students will also learn to remove fiber as rolags and as pencil-sized sliver through a diz. An ambitious goal of 7 or more batts produced during class means students will have ample carded fiber for spinning samples and small projects after class. All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder. All materials and equipment will be provided by the instructors including all fiber carded during class, and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
Students to bring: An attitude for learning. All materials and equipment will be provided by the instructors.
Student prerequisites: None