I recently started working at Paradise Fibers. It’s wonderful to have a job that allows me to be around what I love and share it with others. And the questions that come up are great. The other day, someone asked if they should pre-draft their roving? My quick answer was "you don’t have to". After all, there’s usually more than one way to do things and that seems to be especially true with fibers arts. However, sometimes predrafting can be very helpful and might be the best answer.
This roving came out of my personal stash and has been in the closet for quite a while and is very compacted and even a bit felted. It will hardly spin without pre-drafting. But, when I take the time to pull the fibers apart, it is like magic. The difference in the spinning is like night and day and with a little bit of preparation, I can enjoy spinning the fiber rather than fighting it.
On the other hand, if the fiber was open with no sign of felting I would generally just spin from the end going back and forth across the roving or top without the need for the extra step of predrafting. If you have a preference for spinning from thinner roving, you can also try striping off a thinner strand down the length of the roving which can be quicker than manually predrafting and gives a similar feel.
I don’t believe there is only one way to do things, try different ways and see which makes it the most enjoyable for you! Spin, spin. Spin!