Big Beautiful Batts

A brand new toy (ummm, I mean tool) came into my studio last Thursday. A Patrick Green Big Batt Drum Carder. The excitement!!! The anticipation!!! I spent Friday dyeing up bits and pieces of fibre so there would be something to experiment on. Julie and I set a date for a carding party, and on sunday we spent the day in fibery heaven. We opened Deb Menz’s Colour in Spinning up to the the carding section and then we got busy.

The carder in motion

The carder in motion

 A batt being formed

A batt being formed

The finished batt!!

The finished batt!!

another batt

another batt

yet another

yet another

Monday we spent the afternoon spinning up our new treasures.

All spun up. 50 grams of incredibly soft gorgeous yarn.

All spun up. 50 grams of incredibly soft gorgeous yarn.

Our spinning companion

Our spinning companion

Now it’s back to the studio. Stay tuned for more beautiful batts, soon to be available at katsriversidestudio.etsy.com

Dyeing Teaser

Prepare to dye

Tools of the trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soak the yarn in a warm bath of citric acid and water.

 

 

 

Prepare to paint

 

 

 

 

 

Paint the colours on to the yarn

 

 

 

 

Wrap it snugly in plastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steam gently for a half hour

 

 

 

 

Prepare to knit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

or try a different method

 

 

 

 

 

 

for more subtle results.