How to Card Wool: Four Spinners, Four Techniques

This video seemed slightly different to other Interweave output. It’s clunkier. Less polished. Not quite coherent…

I think the value in the video may be more apparent on a second run through. For now, I would have to say that the main learning point coming from it is to hang loose and do your own thing.

If nothing else, it is worth watching for the legendary Norman Kennedy. He is a delight to watch at work and to listen to his tales of his younger days. Watch out for his second segment, showing how to make a hand-carded sheath for semi-worsted lace-spinning.

What you get is exactly what the title suggests – four spinners showing their personal approach to hand carding – and how very different they are!There is a whole gamut; from Norman’s production approach, through Rita Buchanan’s relaxed and apparently slap-happy style, to the obsessive attention of the real spinning control freak. Something for everyone. Even the heretic.

Some bonus material too – including how to condition your carders prior to use. Well, I never!

Sadly the bonus material showing the carding in Mexico amounted to no more than a snippet of archive footage – nothing instructional, and this was a disappointment.

Worth getting if you don’t know where to begin with your hand carders and have no other spinner to show you, or if you have tried hand-carding and failed. Otherwise, the main message from the video is that you can develop your own style to achieve your own desired end… so why not do just that and forget what other spinners do? Or just forget the hand carders entirely… one of the points made in the video is that hand carding has fallen out of style, and for good reason. Carding is best used for short fibres, intended for woollen spinning. Modern sheep tend to be bred for longer wool than hand carders can deal with, and so the hand carders move to the back of the shelf.

$14.95 for the download version

Run time: 71 minutes

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