This weekend I managed to combine two things, getting to know my Struach Finest Motorized drumcarder a little better and working on fiber prep for my Knittyspin column for the next issue – spoiler alert, there are batts.
Fluff top until it’s sheer. I fluffed my top until I could see through it. Lots of thin layers make batts more even, and it’s kinder to your carder. I make sure I can see the yellow warning sticker through my fiber.
Long pieces of top need a little help. I just rest my hand on the fiber when I use a long piece. If I let it go on it’s own it would bunch and become uneven. If I pull or add too much pressure I play tug a war with the fiber (and the motor). I make sure not to push (more bunching) too.
Using little bits? Handcards are a drumcarders best friend. For some of my batts I used just little bits of top (3″-4″), I found that if I did just one pass on my handcards first, just opening the fiber, the color spreads much more evenly in the batt.