Hackles

Wool blending hackles are used to mix fibres to make special blends of combed tops. I’ve never used hackles so before I went mad and bought or made some (they are expensive) I borrowed some from Freyalyn to give them a try. So here’s a quick picture guide of what you do.

Fix the hackle to the table.

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Take a length of fibre and using just the one hand flick it forwards down onto the spikes then pull your hand backwards – this leaves some fibres on theΒ  hackle. Work your way right across the spikes.

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Take another colour/shade and repeat.

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With this side view you can see a lot of fibre can be packed onto the hackle in layers of shades / colours.

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Next you need a diz which is a disc or oval made of wood, plastic, cardboard or, as in this case, shell with a hole in the middle.

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Twist the tips of a few fibres to help you thread the it through the hole.

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Push the diz toward the comb as you draw the wool off the comb to form the top.

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Work your way back and forth across the spikes until all the fibre has been pulled off. You’ll have a lovely stripey narrow combed top which will look great whether you spin or felt with it.

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My verdict – lovely result but I can’t see me using it often enough to warrant the buying or making ofΒ  a hackle. I’m so glad I tried it out though.

One Reply to “Hackles”

  1. Wow – that is amazing πŸ™‚ love the shell-modification for the diz – and the result is lovely, the marbling is very pretty x

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