Fun with wool combs
Last year I managed to find a very reliable source for Jacob fleece. It’s great quality, bred and raised in Wales so what more could I ask for? I have quite a large quantity of fleece and although its all washed its not prepared to my liking for spinning as yet. I’ve been playing around with different fiber prep techniques as there’s lots of brown and white mixed into this fleece, drum carding it produced a very nice effect but theres only so much brown and white carding I could stand.
A couple of months ago I dyed up some Jacob fiber a magenta colour and used my traditional wool combs to produce a tops, it turned out purple thanks to the blending done by the combs. I was really happy with how the yarn turned out, take a peek at that yarn here and see for yourself.
The last few weeks I’ve been dyeing small batches of Jacob fiber in different colours and then combing it to produce other coloured yarns and today I decided to start with my favourite colour…green
The only downside of wool combing is that it does take quite a while to get enough fiber to spin up a decent length yarn, although patience is a virtue because it is well worth it in the end.
Heres a photo of my wool combs and un-combed fiber below
The photo at the top of the post shows how the fiber turned out after being combed and rolled into little fiber “nests” it has a really pretty heathered effect. The next batch of Jacob is a mixture of orange, yellow and red so I can’t wait to see how that turns out!!