This is my favorite combination of tools to use together....the Comb and Hackle set with the Art Roving Hackle. With the Comb and Hackle set I can comb and blend whatever fibers I like and "park" them on the Art Roving Hackle to diz off later and in larger quantities than I could on the stationary hackle alone. In this tutorial I am working with merino and rambouillet fleeces and for a little added luxury, some silk.
How one loads the Art Roving Hackle will determine the look of your fiber. As in the previous tutorial, if I loaded the Art Roving hackle in sections of a single color I could get a gradient or self striping top. In this tutorial I opted to go with a top that will have ribbons of color in it.
In the picture above I have loaded one layer of white rambouillet, a layer of pink merino, a layer of silk, and another layer of white rambouillet. The Art Roving Hackle will comfortably hold four of the 2 handed large combs worth of hand combed top and still be easy to diz off of with minimal waste. My final step is to comb some of the merino in teal and layer it onto the Art Roving Hackle.
I now have 4 layers of hand combed top on my Art Roving Hackle and have fluffed up the fibers to within approx. 1/2" of the top of the tines which are 5" tall. Since I want ribbons of all the colors in my dizzed top, I will be dizzing across the face of the hackle to gather a bit of each layer. Since my rambouillet is a bit shorter than my merino and silk I want to get in closer to the tines (within approx. 1/2") to ensure that I gather the shorter fibers as well as the longer fibers while I diz.
dizzed top wound into center pull cake
As you can see, after dizzing hand combed top there is very little waste and I was able to get a gorgeous "ribboned" effect in my dizzed top with a thin layer of pink silk running through 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.