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with Nancy Video
I also wanted to follow up with a picture of the carded alpaca fiber from a previous post on March 29, 2011 entitled, "Drum Carder - Do You Need One?" In that post I explained the process of breaking down and purchasing the best carding machine on the market. I am so glad I did because I have saved a ton of money on processing fiber myself and learning how to dye it myself to get many colors that are not available on the market. For more information about dyeing your own roving, please visit my previous post entitled, "Dyeing Roving for Felting" from May 21, 2011.
The drum carder I am using is the Big Tom motorized carder from Fancy Kitty. To view all their carding products, go to http://www.fancykitty.com/index.html. This machine stands at about 15 inches high by 12 inches wide and 24 inches long. It is not at all like the small hand-crank models that cost a fortune.
|Big Tom Drum Carder|
I found the Caliope Creek Alpaca Ranch in my neighborhood and purchased the fleece from Maybelline, the white Huacaya Alpaca female. For more about this visit my blog from April 28, 2011 entitled, "Washing Raw Fleece." Here is a photo of Maybelline:
Here is a picture of her fleece all washed and carded with the Big Tom.
|Carded Alpaca Fleece|
The sheets of carded fiber in the background of the photo have all been peeled right off the 12 inch drum. When I had finished carding the sheets, they stood at about 24 inches tall. I had to push them down so they could fit into this photo. The small clouds of fiber in the forground were too short to make it around the large drum so it was peeled off the smaller "Licker In" drum at the front of the carder. I have been using this short-staple fiber on my current felted art piece (blog for next time) and it is very useful just as it is. I know that spinners don't like short fibers but I just love them as a felter. This carding job would not have been possible with anything smaller than the Big Tom. I could sit and card for hours while watching the news on my laptop up in my studio and it seemed like I would never get through it all but I did. I cannot imagine doing this on a hand-crank model. In a future blog, I will show my felting studio and supplies but that's all for now.