Today I have an awesome project to show you! I made my own blending board, which is a tool for fiber preparation in order to spin or felt.
With this tool, you arrange fibers to make batts or rolags, you play with texture and colour, it’s super fun and the results are amazing.
To make your own blending board, you need:
- A piece of carding cloth, mine is 30 x 20 cm and I bought it from Wingham Woolwork
- A big chopping board, ideally with a handle and big enough to glue the cloth on it (mine is bamboo)
- Some spray glue; make sure that it is suitable for textile, metal, wood, rubber etc…
- Upholstery nails
The whole thing cost me 50£, which is less than half of a ready-made blending board!! Not bad eh? :)
Here are the steps to build it:
- Roughly sand the wooden board to scratch it where you are going to place the cloth; this allows the glue to have more surface to stick to;
- Make sure that both the surfaces you’re going to glue are clean and dry (no dust etc), spray some gule on both of the surfaces (I used masking tape to avoid getting glue everywhere on the wooden board);
- Press the two surfaces together, so that the tines are pointing up towards the handle; press and smoothen the edges and the whole surface (as much as it is possible, careful with your fingers!);
- Let it dry the whole night, flipped over so that the tines are facing down, also put some knid of weight on top;
- The next morning, hammer the nails at regular intervalls on the sides of the card cloth.
The accessories you might need are:
- A hand card to blend the fibers (I have a dog brush with similar metal tines)
- Cheap paintbrushes of various sizes with thick bristles to push the fibers in (I have the one on the photo plus a very big one bought at Poundland)
- Two dowels to pull out the fibers from the board and eventually make some rolags
So I picked up some Merino, Angelina and Silk noil, and I can easily say that those are the prettiest 10 grams of yarn I’ve ever spun…