Combing Fiber DVD

Learn to create splendid tops for all your spinning needs using fiber combs.
SKU: 12SP11

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Wool combing is a little alarming to the novice - swinging heavy implements with long, needle-sharp teeth can be hazardous. Yet this method of preparation produces the most wonderfully organized, fluffy, silky fiber imaginable. In this workshop, Robin Russo covers the basics and much, much more.

  • You'll see a wide range of tools in action, from simple pet combs to hand-held Viking combs, to Russian paddle combs, to classic English combs.
  • You'll learn that combing is perfect for cleaning out guard hairs and debris, for blending fibers of similar length, and for true worsted spinning.
  • You'll see how different combs are appropriate for different fibers, and how to choose the kind that's best for you.
  • You'll learn important guidelines for safety and for equipment care and maintenance.
  • And you'll hear intriguing stories of wool combing in history, from martyred saints to craftsmen's guilds.
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 12SP11
Product Type DVD
Author/Designer Robin Russo
ISBN 13 9781596686793
Reviews
Customer Reviews (10)
The most complete and clearly explained DVD I have had from Interweave
The best DVD I have had from Interweave. It is so complete and clearly explained and has provided far more information than I expected. I now understand the different types of comb and combing techniques for different fibres. I have some alpaca fleece which I wasn't sure how to prepare for spinning but now I'm full of enthusiasm to start combing. It's wonderful, excellent - what more can I say!! Review by Janet (Posted on 10/16/2016)
WOW
I am a beginner spinner and am absorbing as much information as possible as fast as I can (and enjoying it all verrrry much). I was at the point of bidding on a drum carder on eBay, but after watching this video, I am convinced that for what I want to accomplish, combs are the way to go!! Extremely good information, well presented, covering a range of tools that I never even knew existed, with attention to detail. I'm happy. Review by Learng2Spin (Posted on 8/10/2016)
Well presented and very comprehensive
I have many video and DVDs from interweave and this is one of the best presentations I have seen. It is clear in its instruction. the filming gives very good close up views to see the details and it is explained so well you can imitate well to produce great combed fibre. I refer to it from time to time to review how to treat different fibres and have felt confident in my combing. Thank you so much for such a well taught class. Review by Toni (Posted on 1/19/2016)
Well presented and very comprehensive
I have many video and DVDs from interweave and this is one of the best presentations I have seen. It is clear in its instruction. the filming gives very good close up views to see the details and it is explained so well you can imitate well to produce great combed fibre. I refer to it from time to time to review how to treat different fibres and have felt confident in my combing. Thank you so much for such a well taught class. Review by Toni (Posted on 1/19/2016)
Very clear and complete
This is one of the best spinning fiber DVDs I have ever seen. Robin is a master comber, but she is also a great teacher. Her demonstrations of each and every tool and technique was crystal clear and at the right camera angle and focus. For those who want a thorough overview of different combing tools and systems and exactly how to do them, this is the video! Review by Margot (Posted on 12/20/2015)
I can comb like a champ now!
This is a really great video and totally worth the price. I have never, ever combed before and I was combing and making the most beautiful birds nests after watching. She goes over pretty much every style of comb known to the spinning world. I could not believe how much, if not all, the vm it took out of the fiber!! I am now a convert of combing. Thank you Ms. Russo! Review by Mary - Camaj Fiber Arts (Posted on 4/1/2015)
So glad I purchased this!
As a spinner for 30+ years have done some wool combing in the past but struggled a bit. Ms. Russo's presentation of the subject is first-rate; clear, concise and entertaining. I'm going back to my combs with new found confidence. I especially enjoyed Ms. Russo's demonstrations of techniques used for exotics and camilids.
As an aside to the reviewer who was taken aback and stated her daughter was appalled that a lamb was "shaved bald and killed" ...sheep are 'shorn' not 'shaved' and lamb is a product of the farm, just as wool as is. Lamb fleeces, such as the one shown, are delightful to work with. It would be a shame to waste it.
Review by Denise (Posted on 4/2/2014)
Great preview
To Katherine,
Robin said she "Enjoyed picking the fiber off of the animal. She didn't say anything about them being butchered.
It would be senseless to sheer them them kill them. You would be able to get any more wool off of them. I use to raise Angora Rabbits and I had to sheer them every 3 months or so. I waited til their wool was about 4" long and then would sheer them.
So tell your daughter we're not mean to animals!!
There is a video on YouTube that shows a lady spinning straight off of an Angora Rabbit. Check it out.
Review by Pam (Posted on 2/3/2014)
Good - but should have left out one piece of information
This was a very good video, and now I know I have to get some fibre combs. I just wished she had left out part of one sentence. My 14 yo daughter, who loves animals, was watching part of it with me when the host of the video was talking about some fibre that was shorter, and explained that it was from a lamb that was shorn before it went to the butcher. My daughter was horrified. She said "You mean, they shaved a lamb bald and sent it to be KILLED!" I had to reassure her that most sheep are not immediately sent to the butcher after shearing, but I really wish the host had not shared that information on the video. It really turns off the kids, and it was not necessary information for the topic. Review by Katherine (Posted on 12/30/2013)
Wonderful educational video
I knew what combed fiber was but had no idea how easy it was to do. In this video she talks you through several different types of fiber and different methods. The added stories of her past make it as entertaining as educational. I was able to combing my first set with ease and was extremely pleased with the results. Review by Catherine (Posted on 12/20/2013)
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