Drum Carding and Blending Board Classes Now Open for Registration

Fiber Optic Yarns is very excited to offer a pair of special intensive fiber preparation classes!!!

Exploring The Drum Carder on September 3, 2016

Introduction To Blending Boards on September 4, 2016

These classes provide the fundamentals for preparing spinning fiber as batts and roving in Exploring the Drum Carder and as rolags in Introduction to Blending Boards. Together they cover nearly everything you need to know to prepare both woolen and worsted spinning fiber!!

Exploring The Drum Carder
I personally took this class last month at the Estes Wool Market from Henry and Roy Clemes and found it to be an incredible wealth of information and a tremendous amount of fun. Henry and Roy Clemes are the owners of Clemes & Clemes, Inc., suppliers of quality equipment for fiber artists since 1971. Henry and Roy have graciously agreed to come all the way from California (4 day drive!!) to teach the class here at the Fiber Optic Yarns studio!! I am beyond thrilled and excited to be able to offer this opportunity to spinners.

Class Description: Drum carders are a mystery to the average fiber artist: fiber is fed into the carder, ends up on the big drum, and something magical happens in between. In our ‘Exploring the Drum Carder’ class, students begin the day by learning the history of drum carding, how they work, and why they function the way they do. The fun goes hands on for the rest of the day as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient, and crank out six different batts. The first batt will be hand cranked before switching over to Electric Drive for the duration of class. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss the theory and technique of drum carding with 2 nationally-recognized experts in this field. We are deliberately keeping this class small, with a limit of 10 students so everyone gets a chance to interact one-on-one with Henry and Roy (normally the class limit is 16). Each student will get their own electric drum carder for use during class and will go home with approximately six different spinning batts of fiber (1-2 ounces each) that they produce themselves. All fiber is provided in the class fee. Students also will get a ‘goody’ box of 6 batt lifter refills to store their fiber batts and Unicorn Power Scour and Fiber Rinse samples.

This class qualifies students for accreditation to use the drum carders at Fiber Optic Yarns. We will begin renting time on them this fall on a per hour basis for in-store use and exploration. We will provide vouchers to each student, good for 3 additional hours of in-store drum carder use within the next year.

When and Where:
Saturday September 3rd from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Fiber Optic Yarns studio in Milford, Ohio. There will be a one hour break for lunch in the garden (weather permitting). Fiber Optic Yarns will provide sandwich fixings, sides, and iced tea for lunch. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer.

Cost & Registration: $135.00 payable at time of registration.
Please call the studio at (513) 248-0752 or stop by the store to register. This class is a ‘first come first served’ opportunity. If you don’t get into this class, we will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations – please let us know if you would like to be added to the wait list.
If you need to cancel, please let us know. If we can fill your spot we will refund the class price.

Introduction to Blending Boards

Rolags make spinning short staple fibers, such as cashmere, yak, camel or other down fiber or cotton a straight-forward and enjoyable experience! This class will teach you the fundamentals and nuances of making rolags from various fibers. Where the drum carding class teaches how to prepare fiber batts and top for spinning, this class teaches the entirely different technique of how to prepare rolags.

Class Description: In 2011, Henry and Roy were approached by Gwen Powell, a well-known fiber artist on the West Coast, to create a new tool that eventually became the wildly popular Blending Board. This class will not only demonstrate the versatility of the blending board – blending fibers of various types, lengths, and colors – but also the strength of the blending board – quickly preparing fiber in rolags for woolen spinning.

Students are encouraged to bring their wheel or a drop spindle to sample their rolags. All materials, blending boards, and tools will be provided by the instructors.

When and Where
: Sunday September 4th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Fiber Optic Yarns studio in Milford, Ohio. There will be a one hour break for lunch in the garden (weather permitting). Fiber Optic Yarns will provide sandwich fixings, sides, and iced tea for lunch. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer.

Cost & Registration: $75.00 payable at time of registration.

Please call the studio at (513) 248-0752 or stop by the store to register. This class is a ‘first come first served’ opportunity. If you don’t get into this class, we will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations – please let us know if you would like to be added to the wait list.

If you need to cancel, please let us know. If we can fill your spot we will refund the class price.

One Response to “Drum Carding and Blending Board Classes Now Open for Registration”

  1. Martha Donley says:

    Kimber,
    Please sign me up for the drum carding workshop.
    Thank you
    PS: looking forward to seeing you