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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 22nd, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
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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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From:apis_mellifera
Date:May 23rd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
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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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