Baby Camel and Silk

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.

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6 Responses to “Baby Camel and Silk”

  1. Opal Says:

    Oh how fun! I don’t have the space for a drum carder, but I love seeing them in action.

  2. Jeanne Says:

    Gorgeous! I really need to get a drum carder – I borrowed a friend’s for a while, but had to give it back.

  3. ladyoftheloom Says:

    Lovely! I just sold my drum carder because I hardly ever used it. The girl who bought it LOVES it.

  4. Ria Says:

    That yarn must be incredibly soft!

  5. Madame Purl Says:

    This is gorgeous. I love blending on my drum carder too.

  6. Happy Mama Says:

    That is so pretty! thanks for posting pictures – I’m slowly learning about spinning and can’t wait until I can do it myself!

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