Friday, December 22, 2017

Fiber Friday: I Got a Drum Carder!

It finally happened: I got a drum carder! I haven't had much time to play with it since it arrived on my doorstep, but I did get it all set up last weekend and ran a little bit of fiber through to test the waters.


I got a Strauch Petite, which is the perfect size for a small table if you are short on space. It came with some very thorough instructions, but I was glad to check out these YouTube videos to get me started since I am not always mechanically inclined. But, I was able to get it set up and operational on my own, and I processed a little bit of Perendale fiber just to test the waters.


Over the holiday break, I plan to play more with it and actually blend things (now that's a concept). Thank goodness I have lots of blend-able bits and bobs in my fiber stash!


I hope you have (or have had) a fabulous holiday; I'll be taking a little blog break next week to rest, rejuvenate, and celebrate the holidays with my family. I'll be back the first Wednesday of the new year (aka January 3) with a special post about my first year of weaving. See you then!


  1. Don’t forget, Stefanie, to install the feed tray. Your blog pictures show it’s not there.

    You’ll find it under the bottom of the carder. Slide it out and slip it under the two quarter round hold down blocks. Look at some of the photos on our website to see what I mean.

    I also noticed that there is a lot of fiber caught on the in-feed drum. That’s because the feed tray was missing. Look at our short video on our website to see how for the tray should be inserted.

    Have fun, Otto & Joanne

  2. Can't wait to see it in action! Happy Holidays to you Stef!