Not too long after I got my drum carder Deb, I thought I’d try some baby camel and some tussah silk.
I first dyed some of the camel with some browns.
I loaded the feed tray with dyed and undyed camel.
As I cranked the handle, I found myself humming that song from the Byrd’s.
I alternated loading the feed tray with camel and tussah silk.
Since the baby camel and silk are fine/light fibers it really helps to use a burnishing tool on the drum to push the fibers down the teeth after each layer. I didn’t purchase the burnishing tool for my drum carder, it was an additional $55. What I decided to do was try what Twosheep’s does. She uses a wallpaper brush to burnish the drum.
But when I went to my local hardware store to get one, they were all out of wallpaper brushes. I looked around since they have other brushes and this is what I came home with.
“Scotty” what I decided to call the brush (originally designed to brush table crumbs) works great and all for $6.
Here’s the batt off the drum.
Think light, fluffy and airey… and soooft.
I then spun and plied it. (3 ply)
I’m thinking a “smoke ring”, but I don’t have a specific pattern picked out yet.