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Fiber Preparation: Carding for Loft


Price includes 2 hours of class.

A virtual class with Heavenly Bresser

July 8, 10:00am-12:00pm CDT

Want to spin lovely, airy yarns? Learn how to card fiber to create woolen and semi-woolen yarns. And that’s just the beginning!

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Learn how to use hand cards properly to create rolags and understand the difference between rolags made on hand cards and those made on blending boards. Heavenly will advise you on how to pair/choose the hand cards best for the fiber.

Learn the differences between a true wool yarn and a semi-woolen yarn and how to properly characterize the yarns you spin.

Next, we’ll go through the steps of sampling to find out which yarns you may want to continue creating down the line.

Finally, we will navigate through some of the more common issues for spinning with long-draw techniques, learning how to avoid some of these issues.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Must know how to spin a continuous singles yarn and have experience plying. Long-draw experience is helpful, but not required for this class.

Supply List
• Pen or pencil with eraser
• Notebook
• Protein fiber with staple between 2-4” (can be roving, top, or clean fleece)

Required equipment:
• Hand cards (recommend 72 tpi)
• Dowel rods for removal of rolags (2)
• Spinning wheel OR e-spinner
• At least 2 empty bobbins for spinning wheel/e-spinner
• Ball winder (optional)

No pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Gail d.G.
Excellent Introduction

This class provided a great overview of what's appropriate for woolen style fiber preparation. She described the characteristics of good carders, demoed two styles of carding for long draw spinning as well as identifying the characteristics of semi-woolen and semi-worsted styles. Quite a lot of information packed into 2 hours.