How to Create Splendid Tops for All Your Spinning Needs

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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.

What Other Spinners Are Saying:

"This is exactly what I needed to get started. You really need to WATCH someone do this before you tackle this skill. I feel confident now that I won't gore myself and can produce some finely prepared fiber for true worsted spinning. If you have been wanting to try this, this is what you need to get started. Video is well-produced with good close-ups and excellent detail." — Catherine D.


Robin Russo

Robin Russo has been a fiber enthusiast for over 40 years and enjoys teaching spinning and dyeing, working with exotic fibers, and felting. She has taught at numerous gatherings of spinners, weavers, knitters and historical societies since 1989. Robin practices her craft from her home in Bradford, Vermont.



“This video is an incredible resource if you plan to do any amount of combing or dizzing. Robin's instruction is very clear and simple, yet very thorough on all aspects of prepping fibre with combs. I won't hesitate to refer back to this video when my combs arrive and I start using them, but I may not even need to because she teaches so clearly and thoroughly. I am sooo glad I watched before starting to comb. Thank you, Robin!!” - Evelyn Stone


“So much information about combing, presented very clearly and with competence. Really a great course even for the experienced spinner.” - Anna-Chiara Bellini

Combing excellence!

“Thank you so much! This is an excellent workshop. You answered my questions before I even knew I had them! I will refer back to this workshop often.” - Carmen Felzien