We're back! Our tools are made as a sort of "family" so that they will work together. In this tutorial I'm going to show how one can use our Art Roving Hackle in tandem with our Hand Combs. This would also work with our Blending Hackle which I still don't have but we won't go there;) Today, I'm using some natural cormo fleece that I will blend with some romney fleece dyed in greens to make a self striping hand combed top. I'm only doing one hackle full for the tutorial but, obviously, one could make the top with several color repeats by using the Ellis Technique as shown in a previous tutorial.
Using the Art Roving Hackle as a "parking station" for my fiber, I simply load my hand comb and comb until the fibers and colors are blended to my satisfaction. Since I want to do a self striping top, I load all of the fiber from this combing onto the same section of the Art Roving Hackle rather than spreading it out across the entire hackle. I found that the Art Roving Hackle will comfortably hold approx. 4 hand combs worth of fiber before I need to diz. As you can see, I've filled it up pretty well with 4 combs worth of fiber each in a different shade of green.
Since I'm using only hand combed top with this demonstration I am able to diz across the whole face of the hackle without worrying about getting to much waste. I do not do this when I'm using mill combed top as I find that I get way to much waste. So, I start on the right hand side of the Art Roving Hackle and work my way across the whole face of the hackle. Very little waste!
I was able to get a gorgeous top that changed colors in a sort of gradual way since when one gets to the "cusp area" between two colors you're dizzing off a bit of each until you move further into the next color. After dizzing I hand crocheted my lovely fiber into a braid and the color changes are a bit easier to see. Now to spin it!
NECESSARY WARNING: The tines are blunted on the ends but still sharp and will cause injury unless all due caution and care are employed in their use and storage. Please do not use these in close proximity to others or pets. Do not allow others unfamiliar with combing to use these without direct and constant supervision. Do not allow children of any age, convicted felons, former presidents of the U.S. or other questionable individuals to use or have access to these. Please store them immediately after use to prevent inadvertent injury to yourself or others.