As a beginning hand-spinner, most of us learned to spin from roving. As a general rule, roving is easier to control and much easier to draft. As a new spinner, there are tons of things to remember all at once and the learning curve can be overwhelming. That’s precisely why roving is easier for most of us to learn with. However, spinning from a “cloud” can be a wonderful experience too! Especially with a little more experience and when you feel you have mastered spinning from prepared roving.
But what is “cloud?”
When we commercially process roving, one of the carder attachments comes into action. Fiber goes through all the drums of the carder then forms a web of fiber that basically goes through a small tube where a false twist is applied to form roving. When “cloud” is desired, the special carder attachment used for roving is removed so fiber comes straight out of the carder in layers and layers of nothing but pure, clean fiber. There is very little alignment of fibers and that makes it fantastic for woolen or semi-woolen hand-spinning of a soft sport weight yarn.
But that is the technical explanation of “cloud.” In short, just imagine a gorgeous bag full of soft, luxurious alpaca fiber with no form whatsoever other than the giant “cloud” of fiber itself. It’s not for the beginning spinner or the faint of heart but experienced and semi-experienced hand-spinners love it.
Our cloud is also very clean. I am a hand-spinner myself and I absolutely detest having to stop spinning in order to flick pieces of VM (vegetation) and pasture impurities. I want my friends and customers to have the absolute BEST hand-spinning experience when using my cloud and roving.
Feeling brave? Feeling like you are ready for the next step beyond roving? Try your hand at hand-spinning “clouds” of fiber! You will probably love it!