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31 December 2007 @ 06:21 am
Videos - Birth of a Batt (Supercarder video) & Combing Techniques  
Hey gang -

I’ve been busy on a few projects, which is why I haven’t been around much. Here’s a couple of them:

Combing Techniques video at Red Stone Yarns - click on the Videos link.

Birth of a Batt, the Movie (supercarder video) at Red Stone Yarns. Starring some lovely silk / merino / angelina batts which are available on the site..



Hope y’all find this helpful. Let me know what you think.

-the redhead-

All images © Red Stone Yarns
 
 
 
egmtk on December 31st, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Supercarder
Oh my......I don't know if I'm game to watch. You see, I'm sitting on the fence at the moment - do I need a Supercarder? One day yes...the next day, no.
They really are very, very nice though aren't they? Don't answer that!! LOL
Happy New Year
-the redhead-theredhead on December 31st, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Supercarder
I know you watched the video ;) Watch it again, share it with your friends. Y'all can see how smooth and easy it is. Maybe a couple of your firends would go in on one with you?

As you can see from my journal, I *adore* my Supercarder. One thing I will say is that I'm glad I didn't sell my Beverly. The supercarder is great for big batts and lots of fiber, but I wouldn't want to do small sampling experiments on it. I'll hand-crank those through the smaller carder.

-the redhead-
Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on December 31st, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
That is such a gorgeous drop dead shade of red!

Excuse me, I need to wipe my keyboard off, now...
-the redhead-theredhead on December 31st, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Glad you like the colors I chose :)

Did you watch the videos? Comments?

-the redhead-
Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on January 4th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
OK, finally, yes I watched the videos. I don't get sound (not a technical issue on your side). I love the invisible yarn in the first video, btw ;-). I'm sure it makes for some gorgeous sweaters! I would think it would be interesting to see some actual yarn being combed? It was a little hard for me to see why the different combing directions would be necessary (which is probably explained in the voice over).

The second video looks like a lot of fun ;-) This is the step where you clean up and blend different rovings? And then the end product is ready to be spun? I liked this video, and it was clear what was being done at each step. I even winced when you pointed out your braid. No, you woulnd't want to combine THAT in to the batt!

Did you have someone film for you, or use a tripod? They're very nicely done and move along smoothly...
-the redhead-theredhead on January 6th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I don't get sound (not a technical issue on your side)

*laugh!!* I understand why not.

The reason there is no fiber on the combs in the first video is I wanted to show the technique & movement of the combs without any distractions (life pretty fiber). It's important to use the very sharp tools in the correct way :) Fiber also hides the way the tines cross and such. I do have some other combing videos in the works, all with fiber.

The carding video is just a different way to prepare fiber. When I get the other combing videos up you will see the difference.

It's great to have you look at the videos precisely because you 'don't get sound' :) It's a test to make sure that my movements are clear and help convey/reinforce what I'm talking about. Body language and demonstrations are an important part of teaching.

Charlie helped me out with the videography and editing. That way we could use the far away and close up shots and put them all together. I am (very slowly) beginning to learn about the editing in my copious spare time.

Happy New Year! I've been voting for your entries every week :)

-the redhead-