Thursday, February 16, 2012

How to create gorgeous hand-blended roving from a hackle.

The is a fun tutorial on how to create gorgeous hand-blended roving from a handmade hackle.
This is my handmade blending hackle.

Begin by loading your hackle with fiber. This is an alpaca fiber I hand dyed. When loading take a handful of fiber and drop it on the hackle and draw it down and back in a fluid motion.

I added some carbonized bamboo. It's important to make sure the staple length is similar.
Some angora bunny add a nice sandwich effect in the finished fiber. Note: It's a little short on staple length so It's not ideal.

I added a nice layer of white Alpaca/Shetland mix for stretch and stability above the angora bunny. Note: I blended the Alpaca/Shetland and pulled the roving just before I started this project.
I added another later of alpaca and carbonized bamboo. I like the sandwich look! Now, it's time to diz off the fiber. I use a medium size washer as my diz. You can choose a smaller size if you prefer pencil roving.
The motion is this: pull/draft your roving, then push the diz forward towards the hackle and pull/draft the roving. As you draft you will find that the roving will easily move across the entire length of the hackle.
I'm about half way through the diz process. It's looking pretty nice!
Wrap it around your fingers into a nice bump!
Here is the finished roving along with an aqua roving a did earlier.
Happy Blending!