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How to Wet Felt Coasters from Carded Batts

Wet felting is a technique that uses friction to blend together wool fibers into a solid sheet. Today, we’ll show you how to felt batts straight from your drum carder into a thick sheet of felt that you can cut … Continue reading

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Staple Length: A Quick Guide for Fiber Artists

The term staple length is frequently used when talking about fleece and fiber, but have you ever wondered why staple length matters and how it affects your choice of tools and techniques in a given project? In this post, we’ll … Continue reading

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Drum Carding 101: How To Re-Card a Batt for Better Blending

Have you ever carded a batt and wished that the colors were blended just a little bit more to create a more subtle look? Although Strauch carders are designed to perfectly prepare your fibers for handspinning the first time through … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Card a PSB (Pumpkin Spice Batt)

What’s your favorite thing about fall? Whether it’s fiber festivals, trick or treating, or pumpkin spice everything, autumn is upon us! This month, we have the perfect batt project to help you celebrate: introducing the PSB, also known as the … Continue reading

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How To Card A Butterfly Batt

April showers bring May flowers…and butterflies! With so many beautiful species found in the natural world, you’ll never run out of colorful inspiration! Here is the photo we chose to help us select this month’s color palette: There are many ways … Continue reading

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Meet Our Makers: Hopkins Fiber Studio

When we attend shows and fiber festivals, we almost always connect with a new maker who uses our products to create their wares. This month’s installment of Meet our Makers is a little different, however: we connected with Hopkins Fiber … Continue reading

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How to Card a Jelly Bean Batt

Spring has sprung! Today we share a fun way to incorporate several bright, cheery colors into a beautiful batt inspired by a beloved seasonal sweet: jelly beans! The trick to working with so many colors is to start with a neutral background and build … Continue reading

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How to Card a Sweetheart Batt for Handspun Hearts

Looking to add a handmade touch to your Valentine’s Day? There are lots of free knitting and crochet patterns for making hearts for your sweetheart, and today, we’ll not only show you a quick & easy batt project to whip … Continue reading

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How to Make Rolags With a Drum Carder

Have you ever wanted to spin from rolags? This type of fiber preparation is well suited for production-style handspinning, particularly the long-draw woolen method. Today, we’ll show you how to turn prepared fibers into beautiful rolags with a Strauch drum carder! Supplies A Strauch … Continue reading

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Free Guide: 10 Colorful Drum Carding Projects for Fiber Artists

Add some color to the long, dark days of winter with our new PDF guide, Color Exploration: Recipes For Beautiful Batts! We’ve collected some of our most popular blog tutorials into one handy PDF for easy reference. Also included are some … Continue reading

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