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MAmaDawn
08-01-2008, 08:04 AM
What's the difference between combed and carded fiber?

mullerslanefarm
08-03-2008, 11:02 PM
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is some icelandic that I prepared both combed and carded:

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandica.jpg

Lashed on to the double row Viking combs:

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicb.jpg

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicc.jpg

And pulled into a slyver
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicd.jpg
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandice.jpg
The same roving carded on hand carders:

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicf.jpg
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicg.jpg
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicj.jpg


Carded into a rolag on the left, Carded and pulled into roving on right:

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandick.jpg


And spun. The slyver spun worsted on the left and rolag spun woolen on the right:

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/prepare_icelandicn.jpg

MAmaDawn
08-06-2008, 04:36 PM
So does combed spin into heavier weight yarn in the end? Is one better for spindles? I LOVE alpaca wool, is one better for that? Or is it just personal preference?

Thanks for you help!

Foxyie
08-07-2008, 03:02 AM
in my few months of experience i wouldn't say that combed spins into heavier weight..
it really depends on how much fiber you draft to get the thickness you want.

i think that goes for all fiber preparations.

here is a link from spin off magazine (http://www.interweave.com/spin/spinoff_magazine/files/winter_07/SO_Spin_Tips_Roving_Tops_Sliver.pdf) that helped me a bunch to understand the types of prep.

i haven't used much alpaca at all but i hear good things!
i think it does well in all it's preps on spindle and wheel

spinning is surely full of personal prefs! spin what you love!

MAmaDawn
08-07-2008, 08:00 AM
Thank you so much for the link... I thought worsted was just a weight... I've just started and now I understand better...

Tropicflower24
08-09-2008, 11:22 AM
So how in the world do you pull it through the slyver?