Friday, April 15, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday: Carding Tibetan Mastiff

I finished carding the raw Tibetan Mastiff fur last weekend.


I unrolled and stacked the batts to run through the carder a second time.


The final batts are fewer and thicker than the initial and really soft and squooshy.  I'm looking forward to spinning them.  :-)


Quite a lot of dirt, sand and some vegetable matter fell out during carding.

The after carded weight is 6 5/8 ounces, so I lost 1/4 ounce during carding.

It's Fiber Arts Friday so go see what everyone else has been up to.  You're sure to be inspired.

10 comments:

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Those batts look so fluffy and soft! I can't wait to hear how the spinning goes!

Voie de Vie said...

And so is the weight loss all from foreign matter, or is part of it air?

It definitley looks soft and squishy. Can't wait to see it spun up.

AllyB said...

I'm really intested to hear how that Mastiff fiber spins. I've been up to my elbows in fleece washing activities this week. Have a great weekend. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Kathryn Ray said...

@VdV - any air that carding imparts to the batting would add to the volume and squishyness. The weight loss is due entirely to the dirt/VM loss as well as any fiber that was tossed along with the VM.

Melissa said...

Lovely!

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Spinster Beth said...

Wow ... very soft and squishy looking!

Jane/WTKnits said...

Yum! All that lovely fiber - now that IS inspiring!

WonderWhyGal said...

I still can't get past the fact that it's dog. I don't know why but I just can't. Maybe it's because I've visited houses where shedding dog is everywhere.

I'm totally curious on how you find the spinning and the knitting and most importantly the feel and smell.

As I sit here with my non-shedding Miniature Schnauzer on my lap. Argh! I know...

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Kathryn Ray said...

@WWG - LOL. I know you're thinking it smells like wet dog, but it doesn't. It doesn't have a strong odor. Certainly nothing like raw wool.

I plan to wash it after I spin it. :-)

Marushka C. said...

I'm fairly new to spinning and so far haven't done anything involving carding, so I'm intrigued by how that earlier part of the process works. Thanks!