Make a Drumcarder Your Favorite Spinning Tool

A drumcarder is one of the biggest investments a spinner can make, and it opens a whole world of spinning possibilities! You can combine different colors and fibers in a custom blend, process entire fleeces consistently, incorporate textured elements for art-yarn spinning, and even open new opportunities for feltmaking. Fiber artist and teacher Emily Wohlscheid shares her advice for choosing, using, and maintaining a drumcarder in this video course.

You will love this video if you...

  • Are interested in purchasing a drum carder and don’t know what type you would like
  • Want to understand your drumcarder better
  • Want to create your own custom blends

In this video, you will learn how to...

  • Properly use and care for your drumcarder
  • Understand how colors blend on the drumcarder
  • Create custom blends including heathers, tweeds, textured, and more
Watch Intro Video

What You'll Learn

Get ready to make the most of your drumcarder!


Emily Wohlscheid

Emily Wohlscheid is a fiber artist, teacher, and spinner based in Michigan. She creates handcrafted jewelry and hand-dyed fiber goods for her business, Bricolage Studios, and teaches classes and workshops throughout the United States on spinning, fiber preparation, and jewelry/metalsmithing.

Course Reviews


“Loved this course! I liked how the teacher calmly present every step to make different types of batt on different carder with all kinds of fiber, [plus] some problems we could have and how to handle them. Simple and thorough.” - Alike Harel

Just what I needed.

“Being a novice when it comes to fleece and the use of commercial top in preparing to spin, this course was just what I needed. I have already tried the basic techniques and my results are so much better.” - Jane Rumsam

Well presented workshop.

“I enjoyed this workshop it was well presented with lots of good tips. ” - Jane Steeves

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • Welcome!

    • What You'll Learn

    • Meet the Instructor

    • Technical Support

  • 2

    Drumcarding Basics

    • Drumcarder Varieties

    • Basic Blending with Prepared Fiber

    • Processing Fleece on a Drumcarder

    • Drumcarder Care & Cleaning

    • Drumcarder Maintenance

  • 3

    Creating Fiber Blends

    • Wool/Cotton Blend

    • Wool/Silk Blend

  • 4

    Blending Color

    • Tint, Tone & Shade

    • Creating Marled Roving with a Diz

    • Creating a Multicolored Tonal Batt

    • Further Reading on Blending Color

  • 5

    Textured Batts

    • Carding a Tweed Batt

    • Medium Textured Batt

    • Wild Textured Batt

  • 6

    Next Steps

    • Questions to Ask Before Buying

    • Blending Tool Buying Guide

    • How to Choose a Drumcarder