Create Custom Color with Hand Carders

You don’t have to have sheep to need Wool Carders!

When you purchase a set of Kromski Hand Carders, you open up a whole new world of fiber preparation. Blending fiber is a great way to add more variety to your spinning stash. When you blend you can add strength to your yarn with the addition of nylon or bamboo.  Angora or Alpaca adds a beautiful halo. And there are plenty of fun sparkly products on the market that will give your yarn some pizzazz. Of course, it can also help you to create a custom color that will be unique to your project. The color combinations are endless.

If you are unfamiliar with carding, pop on over to our quick tutorial on making Cotton Punis for some help.

Today we are going to share with you a few color combinations that I’ve come up with using Kromski Polish Merino, just to give you an idea of the fun you can have with carding.

Create a Color!  Orange Sherbet

I’ve used equal amounts of Yellow #2, White Milled Rice #34, and Orange #10 to create a cool orange that reminds me of orange sherbet.

   Sea Breeze Yarn  Clear Finish Kromski Carders

Here we’ve blended Turquoise # 27, Spearmint #39, and Lime #32 for another soft summery color.

Mahogany Kromski Hand Carders - Love!   Grape Yarn from Kromski!

Next I combined Heather #15, Light Heather #14, and White Milled Rice # 34 to create a fun grape blend.

Walnut Finish Hand Carders from Kromski  Lava Yarn!

Finally, for  deep fiery yarn, I’ve carded together Medium Red #12, Red #11, and Black #33.

Something else to consider when carding fiber is the amount of actual blending you want to do. Minimal passes with the Hand Carders will result in areas of distinct color, whereas a more homogenized color can be achieved by a more thorough blending.

Kromski Hand Carders come in all of our beautiful finishes; Clear, Mahogany, Walnut and Unfinished. Choose our 108 tpi for finer fibers such as cotton or 72 tpi for wool such as I’ve used today. Contact your favorite Kromski Dealer to get your set!

This fiber tool is ideal for blending small amounts such as we’ve done today, but they are built to last through the task of a full “Sheep to Shawl” project a s well.

What will you do with yours??

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