I have been experimenting with creating batts on my new drum carder. I haven’t made an ugly one yet, I actually don’t think it’s possible.
A few tips to get started:
Let the batt be the yarn it wants to be. Don’t get hung up on spinning a super thin, super smooth yarn. This is the time for having fun with the chunky, highly textured art yarn you’ve been wanting to create.
My favorite easy and quick method for spinning a batt on a hand spindle is to tear it in strips, predraft the strips, roll them into balls, and then spin them one by one. Depending on the batt you can break off where needed to blend a different color or fiber into the yarn. If desired, you can pull out little sections while predrafting and put them aside to add at strategic points.
Check out this guest post from Carla Hansen, she’s an expert spinner with lots of in depth advice on different techniques. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Just begin!
If you’ve always wanted to play with spinning batts, but didn’t really know how to get started, or if you’ve tried them in the past and didn’t love the yarn you got, I urge you to try now. Here’s a link to the batts in my etsy store, but there are many beautiful batts available all over Etsy. Pick one and get started. Have fun and be open to the beautiful, unique results!