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Date:May 22nd, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for writing this up. It's always interesting to hear other people's take on fiber prep and why they like or don't like certain types. I'm just now learning to spin long draw, and it's a frustrating process--there seems to be way more combed fiber out there than carded fiber, and I don't have access to drumcarder of my own (and no hand cards, which I should probably rectify at some point).
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Date:May 22nd, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
No hand cards - have you tried using dog slicker brushes? They work almost as well as "real" carders, and are much cheaper.

I couldn't "get" long draw until I got my first AA wheel. My Ashford and I just couldn't connect....I sat down at my scottish wheel and something just clicked.

You can long draw with roving - I pull off a bit, fold it over my pointer finger, then treadle while pulling the hand slowly back. When the twist starts up, I pull back faster, keeping just ahead of the twist. The wheel does all of the work. You can also take a piece of roving, and roll it up in a sausage starting at the "torn" end and rolling it up the length. It makes a faux rolag - to spin it, pull a little bit out of the center of the sausage and go.

:thinking: I have a double drive wheel, and it's set up to draw in the fiber pretty steady; not hard, but if I let up on the tension it goes right on. Not so much that it yanks it - and I can pull the yarn back off the bobbin while treadling. It's just high enough to tug on the fiber, if that makes sense.

On the Ashford, I didn't have the tension set right - it was either way too much or not quite enough. It took a bit of fiddling....I've tried it on a ST wheel (Ashford Joy) and it was a bit frustrating at first, because the stupid brake band was either too grabby or not enough.

Once you get it, though.....yarn flies onto the wheel without any effort. It's magical.
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Date:May 23rd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
You and your AA wheels... ;)

Actually, I've got the rough mechanics of long draw down, I'm just working on more consistency--and I know I need a LOT more practice. I'm mostly just whining. I know I'll get it eventually, but until then, I'm not going to be very happy. Here's a yarn that I spun long draw: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eilatan/142301074/ It's okay, but it could be a lot better, too.

I love my Lendrum and you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.
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