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with Esther Rodgers
Online Class

Fiber Preparation for Spinning

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Get the custom look and feel you want by prepping your own fiber! Join popular instructor and creative spinner Esther Rodgers and learn how to use a variety of tools such as carders, combs and hackles to ready your fiber and create unique blends. Along the way, Esther will teach you basic techniques for picking and rolling fiber such as unspun wool as well as using hand and drum carders. You'll also discover how to easily remove your fiber as punis, batts and rolags. Want to create unique color blends? Esther will show you how to use a blending board to do just that. Plus, you'll see how to use hackles to produce striking layered colorways and stripes.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h25m

Included in this Class

1. Fiber Basics

1. Fiber Basics

Meet fiber artist Esther Rodgers and learn all about the benefits of prepping your own fiber. Discover the difference between carded and combed fiber prep and the tools available for each method. Then learn color characteristics that will help you create beautiful gradients, ombres and blends.

2. Hand Techniques

2. Hand Techniques

Begin with the simplest fiber prep of all: hand-picking fibers into clouds to open them up. Then discover how to turn combed top into simple hand-rolled "fauxlags" and how to make hand-layered "sandwiches" of smooth and textured fibers.

3. Drum & Hand Carders

3. Drum & Hand Carders

Esther demonstrates the right way to use hand carders and then moves on to the basics of drum carders. Then she'll teach you some of her favorite techniques to add texture and blend color on the drum, whether "painting" with fiber on the top of the drum or working with layers through the drum.

Recommended with this class

  • Raw fiber: wool or other animal breeds, protein fibers, synthetic or cellulose.
  • Drum carder
  • Blending board