Until now, most of our batt inspiration has come from nature, but today, we’re looking to the iconic sock monkey for our color inspiration. These adorable handmade toys have a long history dating back to the late 1800s, and today they still delight children of all ages. Traditional sock monkeys have either brown or grey bodies with white and red accents, but modern versions have introduced other colors, stripes, and even hats and clothing!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A Strauch Drum Carder (we used a Strauch Petite)
- 1/2 ounce of brown or grey wool fiber
- 2/3 oz. white or cream wool fiber
- a small amount of bright red fiber
- Helpful: Drum Carding 101, our free PDF filled with tips & techniques!
Divide your brown or grey fiber in half and process the first half to create a good base layer on your drum carder.
Create the second layer by alternating with your brown or grey fiber with your white fiber until both are used up.
For the final layer, send your bright red fiber through. For our batts, we opted not to cover the previous layers completely, but you could opt to do so if you wanted to have more red in your finished project.
Remove your batt from the carder and get ready for some serious monkey business the next time you sit down to spin!
We’d love to see your sock monkey-inspired batts (and sock monkeys!) – share them with us on Instagram and don’t forget to tag your post with #strauchfiber!
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