I got a lot of great suggestions when I asked about what to do with no longer loved stash fiber, fiber that is compacted or just not your favorite anymore. Lots suggested giving it away or selling it, over dyeing or carding. There were two great suggestion for felted fiber – using it for insulation and making dryer balls.
No one mentioned one of my favorite stash refreshers – a carding party! All you need are a couple of carders and a few friends that have unloved stash. My gang piles everything into the middle of a room, positions the carders around the outside and we take turns making batts.
This is especially great for those odds and ends of fiber that aren’t enough to make something on their own.
Eventually the pile gets separated into colors, and funky add-ins like sparkle or saari silk are kept in their own pile. It is great fun and everyone goes home with a pile of batts.
When I was in college we used to have clothes trading parties. I was thinking of doing something like that for fiber that is more swapable than cardable. Has anyone had a fiber trading party?
I love the idea of a fiber trading party but I don’t know enough spinners where I live. Also, I don’t spin often enough to know whether something is unloved in my stash….I love all my stash. I might have a problem 🙂
Great idea! I just got a carder. I don’t have anyone close by to join in either but still a great idea.