Carding Your Fiber into Roving and Batts
The carder is the heart of any fiber-processing mill and the heart of Hampton Fiber Mill & Spinnery is "Lillian". Lillian Carder is a new, state-of-the-art worsted carding machine manufactured by Ramella Pietro & Company in Biella, Italy for Carolina Specialty, Inc. in Goldston, North Carolina. From washed and picked fiber, Lillian produces smooth continuous rovings or fluffy fiber batts approximately 36" x 36" in size.
For hand-spinners and felters, Lillian is usually the end of the line. Occasionally, continuous rovings are pin-drafted to achieve specific color effects or to align the fibers further for an enhanced hand-spinning experience. For mill-spun yarn, continuous roving must be pin-drafted prior to spinning.