If you're new to blending colours using your drum carder, then this is the perfect post for you.
Carding is the method of organising fibres by breaking up clumps and slivers and arranging them in a more vibrant manner. This prepares the fibre for spinning or to preparing fibre to go into non-woven products such as needle felting. Carding can also create blends of different fibres or different colours
Your Ashford drum carder functions by passing the fibre through a set of rollers and across a drum that is wrapped in carding cloth. Carding cloth is typically a reinforced rubber sheet or heavy fabric panel that has been impregnated with an exposed wire. Carding cloth is also used on your Ashford hand carders and blending boards.
Drum carders do basically the same job as hand carders. The advantage of a drum carder is how much quicker it can process fibre. If you plan to process large amounts of fibre, a drum carder is a brilliant investment. They also allow you to prepare more fibre in one go.
In addition to spinning, weaving and felt making, carded fibres can be used in a variety of other projects.
If you would love to see our drum carder in action, take a look here or you can check out our range of Ashford carders here
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Due to popular demand Ashford have reintroduced the eight shaft, ten treadle 97cm (38") weaving width, folding Jack loom. Create your own beautiful fabrics with ease on this strong compact loom. In production now and ready for shipping on June 16th don't miss your chance to spend time with Jack.