March 22, 2011

Fibre Combed is Forever Changed

That mohair skein I showed you yesterday started out as pieces of roving.  The strips were compacted from whatever natural dye bath they had gone through.  The colour showed variation where the marigold blossoms had come in contact and given yellow, green, and dark green.  The staple included both long and short fibres, as well as little balls of tangled fibres.

I took my Viking combs and changed all that.

Isn't that a thing of beauty.  Lost two-thirds of the fibre to waste but it was worth it.  Fibre prep makes such a difference to handspinning and to the final product.

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