New Drum Carder
At least once a year I’ve contemplated buying myself a drum carder. But after seeing the wool blends Ann carded a few weeks ago, I seriously considered it, and after looking at a link Judith gave me to ebay, I bought myself a gorgeous handmade Ash drum carder from the Classic Carder company. I wasn’t very good on my first few tries, but I soon got the hang of it 🙂
I thought I should have an ‘aim’ instead of just going mad and making lots of nice coloured batts, so I decided to work out roughly how much wool I’d need for one layer if I’m making a piece of felt big enough to make a cover for an A6 notebook. I got my template out, chose a coppery bronze colour theme and then laid out the different coloured wools in different proportions.
I then gathered all the colours up, weighed them and kept notes. I’d usually think to do this after the fifth time of laying out colours, so I’m impressed with myself 🙂
I added some small amounts of flax and soy top to a couple of the lighter colours, and it’s not very obvious from the photo, but I added black bamboo to the natural brown merino.
I was impressed with how it looked after just one turn through the carder, but I wanted it more subtle than it had turned out, so I put the wool through again. I really like how it turned out the second time. I’m so glad I finally got a carder. It looks gorgeous, is incredibly well made and turns out the most gorgeous batts.
I’ve been thinking for a long time about making up ‘experimental’ or ‘inspiration’ fibre packs to sell on etsy. Working out what to put in there to make it worthwhile with our postage prices was difficult, but Marilyn recently suggested selling wool as well to make it more of a kit. I had a think about how to do it and came up with the idea of including just enough wool to do one layer, a nice blend for the top. I thought this batt would be perfect for the first one as it’s the same colours I used for my coppery bronze piece that so many people liked. It gave me an excuse to get out my favourite shades of organza too.
I measured and weighed the organza, picked out some matching cotton gauze, novelty art yarns and silk throwster’s waste like I used on my coppery piece, and also made another little batt to make sure there was enough. But I think after lots of weighing and measuring, the pack is finished. I just need to write up the description when I get back later today, but then I’ll list it on etsy.
Let me know what you think of it, is it a good selection of fabrics and fibers?
19 thoughts on “New Drum Carder”
It’s a fabulous selection Zed! Those colours are made for each other. I’ve seen batts for sale, but I haven’t seen the kind of pack you’ve produced, so I hope you hit the ground running with Etsy.
I’m a tad jealous of the brush on your carder – it’s the business isn’t it? My carder didn’t come with one so I’m going to save up for one then retire the wide paintbrush I borrowed from my husband.
Thanks, Lyn 🙂
Yeah, I’m so glad I got the brush, it’s excellent. Very ingenious thinking of a paintbrush, though!
I love my carder and have spend many a therapeutic hour carding away! I think your pack looks fantastic and like the idea of a colour coordinated kit to get me started on a project.
Thanks, Amanda 🙂
It is therapeutic, isn’t it? 🙂
Green! That’s what colour I am having seen your lovely carder. I’m so pleased you’ve got the hang now and your fibre mix looks yummy. Love the kit – those bronzes are just gorgeous!
Any time you’re in the area, you’re welcome to use it 🙂
I’m really grateful you gave me the link, not only is it brilliant, but I managed to get it just before they had to start adding VAT, so I got it for a bargain, too!
Everything turned out great. The color scheme is perfect timing for fall. I hope the investment of the carder pays off big time! 🙂 It’s good you had fun with it. Good luck with your new venture. I’m sure it will be a hit!
Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
I think the carder was worth the price just for the fun of using it! But I have had tons of ideas for colour schemes.
Excellent! there was no doubt in my mind that your brain was working overtime while you were carding! 🙂
Congrats on purchasing the carder Zed, that is awesome and such a great idea with the added brush, mine doesn’t have one either so I use a dog brush, much better to have the brush in place all the time though, I love that fibre pack, the colors are gorgeous and im thinking that your supplies really are endless lol xo
Thanks, Kaz 🙂
Well, you know the rule about shopping, it’s not what you spend, it’s what you save that counts, so sometimes you just have to buy more 🙂
Your carder looks great. I have a brush on mine too and it does help a lot. It is such fun to do different colors and different fibers. The pack is absolutely gorgeous. I love those colors and it would be perfect for the autumn challenge.
Thanks, Ruth 🙂
I wanted one when Kaz got one, and when you borrowed one and got one, and every time I saw one in-between, it really is fun. As much as I like blending my own, it’s nice to have something else do the hard work 🙂
You shouldn’t have sais that zed! I’ll be crossing the pennines every week, doing a bit of sheep rustling en route!! 🙂
I don’t think it’s rustling if you find a lost one on the road, it’s a rescue 😉 I’ll sharpen my shears!
I am so glad you are enjoying your new toy. A carder really is so fun and helpful. The pack is really nice. I love the colours.
Thanks, Ann 🙂
I have a big list of ideas for carding, colour themes and fibre themes, I’ll definitely have fun.
This is a great idea. I’m very envious. I’ve tried blending fibre with a wool comb but just ended up with a headache and surrounded by tangled fibre.
I’ve only really had success blending fibre by hand before getting this, and I’ll probably still do it when I want small amounts for specific things, or to be more accurate. But it is nice to play with 🙂