Experimenting with Carding Art Batts on My Louet Classic Drum Carder

Three images from a mostly merino and silk batt, with the addition of some hand-dyed wool fibers that included some very soft mohair, which I purchased at last year’s event “For the Love of Fiber” — a mini-fiber fest with fiber sales and demos, sponsored by the Centre County (PA) Knitters Guild, and which will be held this year on Saturday, February 15, 10:30 – 5:00, at General Potter’s Farm in Spring Mills, in the beautifully-elegant, big old barn. Serendipitously, February is “fiber focus month” at The Gallery Shop in Lemont, PA — the atrium area will be warmed with lots of fiber art for sale!

The theme guiding my selection of fibers for this batt was the iridescent shimmer of feathers on a starling. I embedded different tones and fibers throughout, to create a deeply-textured batt with striations of silk and merino throughout. So far, my art yarn batts have all been good for spinning: the fiber is delightful to spin, and every inch of the resulting yarn is interesting, full of nuanced color and texture. Next, I’ll do some felting with these same batts, to see how the fibers work for wet felting. How will all of these striations look when used to make cobweb felt? How will they mesh in a three-layer traditionally wet-felted scarf? How will they work in nuno felting? Once I’m certain that these batts are not just pretty to look at, but are great fibers for both spinning AND felting, I’ll hope to offer some for sale…

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