I'm trying out a new fiber blending tool, the hackle, graciously loaned by my friend, Janet.
With its sharp tines, it is every bit as scary-looking as my other "torture device" fiber tools.
Beginning with some indigo-dyed wool, I lashed some on the tines, filling across with a layer.
Next, I lashed on some slippery, white silk.
Then, some purple-dyed alpaca I've had for years, from West Valley Alpacas in Esparto, California.
I repeated the layers twice more
and then used a diz to take the blended fibers off the hackle, making a lovely roving.
It spins up beautifully and is making a river of color on the bobbin of my Schacht wheel.
Great process! And I thought I didn't need any more fiber tools...
I don't know why I didn't think of it before. When I take a carded batt off my drum carder,
I usually roll it into a button to store in a basket until I'm ready to spin.
When I'm ready to spin, I either tear off strips of the batt, or attenuate it into a long roving. But why not use a diz??
The diz is usually used when combing fiber, rather than carding, but I was wanting a long roving to wrap around my wrist distaff for spindle spinning, and had this inspiration to use the diz.
I twisted the end of one corner of the batt.
And threaded it through a diz hole.
It's hard to take selfies of fiber work!
Now I'm using a diz for all my spinning, spindle or wheel. I think it will also make it easier for beginners, when I teach a spindle class. I'll prepare their wool this way, too. I'm diz-zy!