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Drum carding is one of the magical skills that captures the hearts and minds of every spinner. From the hours of Youtube videos to workshops to books, watching a skilled carder works is mesmerising.

Batts are the showgirls of the fibre world and the carders are the magicians blending together amazing colours and textures to create these mind-blowing products.

Here's the secret: You don't have to possess some secret gene or read a century old secret text to become a drum carding magician yourself!

CARD is a drum carding recipe book designed to give you the techniques, inspiration and permission you need to boldly card the batts you can’t wait to spin.


"The pictures in CARD are glorious! They really are a feast for the eyes and very inspirational! " - Deb

"The book is beautiful, the ideas are great, the photography is magnificent. It's a beautiful book, and no doubt a great deal of work. I will refer to it often." - Tracy

"Incredibly informative! The information is clear and the graphics are amazing! Looking forward to the dyeing book!" - Aetara


Each technique is broken down into the five sections that make it easy to follow step by step at the wheel and on the go (and printer friendly!).

- What is this technique?
- What type of fiber is best suited to this technique?
- How do you prep it?
- How do you card it?
- What are some variations of this technique I could try?

See each of the techniques included here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/gracehopkins?section_id=18988425


"These books really helped me approach my spinning in a new way. Thank you for creating a book that helps simplify colour and textures. I'm excited to experiment with the different techniques." - VerdaJune

"Great as a reference, really pretty images and an interesting read diving further into techniques." - Petra

"Absolutely stunning, beautiful books, awesome pictures. I find a new breath on my spinning with this very interesting spinning and prep fiber approche." - Chloe


BATT isn't a spinning textbook, it's 113 pages of vivid photography, detailed step by step written instructions and hundreds of unique variations.

Each technique is specifically chosen because of it's ability to result in thousands of different outcomes with even the smallest tweak. Techniques can be layered, implemented on other fibres, carded smooth or chunky, the possibilities are endless.

You will learn:

- How colour presents in your fibre, self-striping, pop colours, gradients, etc.

- How to card fleece the smart way and avoid nepps.

- How texture presents in your fibre, how to layer, combine and create dynamic blends, etc.

- How to blend and combine colour without entering the "technicolour granny" zone.

- It's okay to ditch measurements and weights.

- How to pull roving and rolags from your carder.

- How to better make the fibre in your hands become the batt, roving or rolag in your mind's eye.

- How to translate inspiration into beautiful batts.


"Fascinating books. I've read through them once and will do so again. Lots of good ideas. Thank you!" - Elaine

"Super helpful information in an artful and elegant presentation. Love it!!" - K


What's an Ebook?

An ebook is a book in electronic format (a PDF). You can read it on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Take it with you and read it on the go! Or, if you'd like, you can print it out on your home printer and read it on paper. Your choice.


"Easy to understand the techniques being explained." - Nora


If you have a question, please send me a message!

Please Note:

CARD isn't a beginner's guide if you aren't comfortable carding basic batts - there are hundreds of tutorials online to get your ready for CARD!

Check out my first book ROVING - https://www.etsy.com/listing/208849672/roving-spinning-book-roving-combed-top?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Check out my second book BATT - https://www.etsy.com/listing/230008713/batt-spinning-book-batt-spinning-batt?ref=featured_listings_row

Check out the whole bundle - https://www.etsy.com/listing/270385316/roving-batt-card-spinning-books-bundle?ref=featured_listings_row

CARD Drum Carding Book - Drum Carding (Art Batt and Smooth Batt) Tutorial - Fiber Prep Pattern