How to use a Diz

Preparing the wool

Staples of wool are hand carded into a batt. It’s actually easier if the fibers don’t shift too much lengthways. Because all the fibers are aligned, spinning these rovings becomes much easier.

Loading the batt

Load the batt onto a comb by pressing it with about 1-1½” (30-40mm) overhanging the back of the comb. diz

Threading the diz

Pull some fibers from the ends of the batt through the hole in the diz. Then pull through a substantial amount with your fingers.

Drawing the roving

With the back hand, draw the roving from the diz, but only about one third of the staple length, while the other hand restrains the diz from moving away from the batt. Stop and re-grasp the roving about ½ - 3;/4 “ (10-20mm) from the diz and repeat the draw. The restraining hand should not be clasping the roving, let it just slide between your finger and thumb. Not all the fibers drawn through the hole, get caught in the roving, and you use these to judge if the diz is the correct distance from the comb. These fibers appear stationary when the roving is being pulled through and they should stick through about ½” (10-15mm). (If you grasp these fibers it is hard work to pull the roving through, so re-grasp just outside these fibers.)

Drawing the wool

As the wool is progressively drawn off the comb, the diz gets nearer and nearer to the comb. Near the end the roving gets a lot thinner also.

The finished roving

The finished roving is ready to spin from. Using a smaller hole will make a longer roving, allowing you to spin finer yarn with more control over the evenness.

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