But I've been doing TONS of fiber trades through Facebook, mostly trading roving or shoe insoles I'd had processed for dyed wool and alpaca fiber. I was getting quite the stash of carding fibers, so I finally broke out the drum carder on Sunday and went to town!
|The fiber to be carded...wool/mohair on the left, and alpaca/merino/bamboo on the right.|
Unfortunately I don't have the best carder for production work, but it does the trick. I have a Louet Roving carder, which is quite narrow. Once off the carder and fluffed up, the batts are usually 5-6" wide. Much better for spinning, in my opinion.
|Carding up a batt.|
I had a lot of fun carding Sunday... I did about half alpaca and half wool (sometimes both in the same batt!), and added some fun stuff like bamboo, firestar, and dyed wool locks to keep things interesting.
|The finished product!|
Tonight I finally took pictures and weighed everything to get them all on Etsy!
|Abby was "supervising" my photo shoot.|
Then I made some more batts...
I'm going to be selfish though, these are for me! Well, one set of 4 batts will be sent to some lucky Etsy shop customers to try as samples (plus I'm going to spin one to try it). The other set of 4 batts is all mine though! I'll post pictures when I get it spun up...
As I mentioned, the batts are all in my Etsy shop now! I've also created a new "Batt of the Month Club"! Just like the roving club, you will get 4 ounces of batts once a month for 3 months. Of course you can always choose to get more fiber every month or more months of fiber! The batts for the club will be 100% unique and one of a kind- no two will ever be the same! I'm even going to let you customize them!
And now for what you really want...batt pictures!
|100% wool batt.|