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Peasant Combs

These single row combs are wide (6.5") and so accomodate more fiber (I easily worked 5 ozs below) than the St.Blaise and some hand held combs. As such, they are fabulous for blending... colors or fibers! One comb...the base comb....is securely part of the mount. The other comb, with which you work, weighs 11.5 ounces and is locked into it's storage position (see 1st photo below) by a cherry screw, yielding a safe and secure unit when not in use.

The mount measures 14" x 5".

The 27 tines measure 3.5" long are centered on the 1/4 inch and are bent for ease of combing (and safety!).

Made by the same makers of the popular St. Blaise Combs, these Peasant combs are of cherry wood and made here in Vermont.

So does a spinner need both the St. Blaise and the Peasant?

Of course!

The St. Blaise, because they are two row (each row set centered on the 1/4 inch, but one row offset from the other) produce a true worsted top.....they really separate out the short and leave only the longest fibers. And they are wonderful for fine fibers like alpaca, kid mohair, etc. The Peasant Combs have only the 1 row so you'll get some shorter fibers coming thru the sliver. The peasant combs will comb shorter wools more easily than English or Viking style combs too. And because of their size they are fast and great for blending.

Roby just reminded me that traditionally spinners even spun right from the Peasant Combs (I guess she shows this in her new video available thru Interweave). So you don't even have to pull a sliver thru a diz as I show here, but just comb, sit down with the combs behind you and spin away!

Take a close look at the sliver produced by clicking on the photo far right. This makes a beautifully clean preparation. I'm not sure you can discern from the photos here, but Kathy stacked some really bright blue and some black locks on the combs and with just a couple of combs, I was able to pull off a rich and deep dark blue.

I'm going to try blending some pygora I have (although usually the mini-combs would be best for combinb the down fibers and the Type C pygora, this is type B pygora that I have and since I'm planning on blending it with this Teeswater lamb, I'm going to give the Peasant combs a try!) ....so check back next week for feedback on blending pygora with wool on these!