It’s time to see what happens when we combine tools! For this tutorial I have a fiber kit that contains the following fleeces: cormo, rambouillet, alpaca, FDT (finn/dorset/targhee x), and kid mohair. I’ve also included a variety of add ins…silk, firestar, and nylon. This type of fiber prep will produce a fluffy mass of fiber great for woolen spinning and more textured thick and thin arty yarns.
I start by running my fleece through the mini-picker in small handfuls to open up the locks and remove some of the VM if any is present. To catch the fiber I place a plastic tub or laundry basket just below the end of the picker where the picked fiber comes out. As you can see, the mini picker has a very small foot print and is only taking up half of my fold out sewing cabinet.
Once the fleece has been picked to suit me I break up my add ins and mix them by hand in with the picked fleece. Once this is done I feed handfuls of the fiber mix through the picker to blend the fibers more. You can run this fiber mix through the picker a few times to blend the fibers and colors more but I chose to have as much color definition remain as possible so I only ran my fiber mix through once.
After my fiber has been picked I take it in handfuls and wipe it onto the blending board and burnishing until my board is full. I then begin to create my rolags by lifting the end of the fiber off the board, placing one dowel rod behind the fiber and one in front rolling the dowel in back over the one in front. From there I draft and roll until I’ve rolled all the fiber off the board into rolags.
The finished rolags and yarn spun from them:)
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.