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Fiber Preparation for Spinning

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Take control of your fiber preparation to spin the blends you want! Learn how to use carders, combs and hackles to prep for brilliant textures and hues.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Esther Rodgers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Drum & Hand Carders
4. Removing Fibers
5. Blending Boards
6. Hackles & Combs

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Esther Rodgers
Esther Rodgers
Esther Rodgers seeks inspiration for her spinning through facets of everyday life such as music, nature, television, people and more. She loves to play with color and texture, and this fusion of passion and talent has led to a number of award-winning art yarns. Esther has been known to spin with shredded money, cassette tape, sequins and other intriguing materials — nothing is off-limits! As a respected and sought-after instructor, she also gives private lessons and leads workshops all over the country.

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