Majacraft Fusion Engine Drum Carder

Majacraft Fusion Engine Drum Carder

  A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review on the Majacraft Fusion Engine Drum Carder, and I thought it might be a good idea to follow that up with a video showing some of the cool features it has. One of these features is a special favourite of mine, partly because I had a role in its development! When I was out in NZ in 2013 I was able to use the prototype carder that Majacraft had developed at that stage. It was pretty much as you see it now (although there have been invisible changes and ‘tweaks’ since then), and there has since been one addition that I am very proud of, the Direct Injection Tray. This is an accessory for the carder that allows you to make super textured batts for creative yarns. It came about as I was playing around with the carder, Andy had asked me to put it through its paces, (he also told me to try and break it because they needed to know it would handle anything that was thrown at it.) I had made some lovely smooth and blended batts on it, and then wanted to make some really textured ones, with lots of locks and add ins. I figured if it was going to break, it would happen if it got jammed up with lots of fibre. I found that the carder was actually so very efficient, it was difficult to get it to ‘stop’ opening up the texture in the locks I was feeding in, as it beautifully spreads them out over the big drum in even a single pass. I looked at the clever design with the feedtray placed up high and how it increased the time fiber spends on the licker by feeding it in at the top. So I bypassed that tray and held the fiber at the bottom of the licker-in to see what would happen. And there it was! From that position the fiber gets whacked directly onto the main drum, retaining most of its textured locky glory! I told Andy about this and suggested that it was an ideal position for feeding in ‘fiber sandwiches’, stacks of fiber that effectively stash the textured stuff between two smooth layers. In no time Andy had created the Direct Injection feedtray that allows this feed position to be used with no danger to fingers or fiber. And it works brilliantly! This feature gives me the option of creating any kind of batt I want on the one machine. Using the standard 72tpi cloth I can create beautiful smooth blended batts AND crazy, highly textured fiber batts suitable for all kinds of creative yarn spinning. There is one...

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Open Day with Woool! Yarn Store The Hague

Open Day with Woool! Yarn Store The Hague

It only takes about an hour to drive from here to The Hague. Its a really nice city, Dutch center of government, home of many embassies and diplomats, site of the wonderful Peace Palace, a truly international city. And this extends even to the yarn stores! Woool is a lovely little shop packed with fibery goodies and creative activities, Pauline runs regular workshops and knitting groups, and she has a great eye for colour, its a visual feast as soon as you walk off the narrow street and into this cosy shop. And today it was truly an international hub of creativity. During the open day today the shop was buzzing with activity, I found myself speaking to people from all over the globe, UK, US, Holland (of course!) I heard a South African accent, me the only Kiwi, and did I hear a Scottish lilt at some point? And the focus of the day, fibery creations. There were people poring over knitting patterns and books, discussion about stitches and designs, others browsing the yarns and making their selections, and there was a lot of interest in the activities of myself, doing some corespinning from a multi-mixed up batt, Victoria Logan was there with her stunning animal creations ( http://www.victorialogan.co.uk) Andre was spinning on his Louet, from various bags of raw wool originating from, among others,  the Dutch Blauwe Texelaar breed, and Patty, with her wonderful Saori looms, a great attraction that took everyones interest young and er, less young! In the above picture you can see Patti demonstrating the Saori Piccolo loom, it was a major hit with the kids that had come along with their mums, and it was impressive to see how fast they picked it up and started creating fabric! I am quite seriously wanting this loom pictured below, (this VERY LOOM) to be my own. See my name written all over it? SEE? Patty is a Saori Dealer, her website is still under construction but she can be contacted via the email address listed on her page Here . She is a very knowledgeable weaver and happy to answer questions (at least, she hasn’t gotten sick of me asking them all the time, yet!) Anyway, I did more than just drool over the loom, really! Here is the proof! Above is my spinning from the afternoon, a soft and super bulky chain ply (navajo ply) made from one of my batts, which I especially packed with extra sparkle! And here below, are some of the yarns that are now in stock at Woool, hanging on the wall! I do believe there were some sales involving my yarn, and some batts too I think, and I know Pauline...

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And the Winner is…..!!!

And the Winner is…..!!!

Thank you everyone who came and commented on my brand new website and Welcome post! It has been a huge effort to put the website together but I think everything is working now and your comments and feedback have been brilliant! I am pleased to announce that the winner of the draw is Monica of Craftwich Creations on Etsy!! She is selling the most stunning hand crafted crochet hooks ever too, I was just totally sidetracked browsing her shop 🙂  Congratulations Monica! I will be emailing you too. If it wasnt you this time, I wish I could choose everyone who took the time to say hello.. but I will be doing more giveaways in future.. so keep entering when you see one, as we say in New Zealand.. you gotta be in to win! I appreciate all the positive feedback and suggestions, I already added a ‘creations’ gallery to show some of the things I have been making with my yarns, and still to come is a free e-book section with woolie information for spinners and a soon to come booklet of designs and patterns to use with my yarns! Thank you for all your support, hope to see you back soon 🙂   Suzy...

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Welcome!!

Welcome!!

So this is it! The culmination of some days (did I say days? maybe it was more a couple of weeks) of work by me and my husband, creating my new and even-better-than-before website!! I hope youre going to really enjoy it! I wanted to make it as utterly visual as possible, because I am a very visual person and I suspect you are too, since you’re here 🙂 You probably love yarn too, love looking at it, snuggling it, knitting it, crocheting it, spinning it. I draw the line at eating it but anything else goes! I wanted a place to share stuff, where I could allow my talk to muchiness free reign, where I can make my projects and ideas available for others, and later (in a couple of weeks) where I will be hosting my upcoming free E-Books and the soon to be created Newsletter archive so you can catch up on any you might have missed. This is still then a work in progress, and I have lots of ideas for building more cool stuff into the site. I can’t wait! And since today is the first live website day!!! I am celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!!! Leave your comment here on this post to be in the draw, but first, explore my pages and galleries, then come back here and tell me what you think of the new website, and about anything you’d like to see that isnt here yet.  If you’d like to subscribe and get updates on new stuff I would love that too! The subsription stuff is here on the bottom right of the page. If youre drawn as the winner  you can choose to receive either a wonderful fluffy ART BATT or a SKEIN OF HANDSPUN WoolWench Yarn! And let me just say this, I have in my possession right now the most gorgeous white Alpaca fleece 😛 Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoy the site Suzy xxxxx...

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