Blending Board Tutorial for making Rolags for felting and spinning March 13 2015, 0 Comments
I first was introduced to a blending board sometime back and was instantly hooked. Then I saw the price. My jaw dropped and I said to myself “I can make that”. So I did. There are several companies that name blending boards and the prices can range from $100.00 to $200.00. I made mine for $70.00. Mine does not have a keel but you can add one if you like but I don’t feel I need one. Adding a keel adds a bit more money and also skill in cutting the shape, etc. I love using different types of fibres. Merino Roving is the best to use. Check out the link here for lots of colors Merino Roving for Felting and Spinning. You can also use other types of fibres like Bamboo, Banana Fibre, Banana Silk and more. http://www.nickelbeeart.com/collections/wool-other
First you will need to get yourself a cheap wooden cutting board. I bought mine from Ikea for $10.00. Secondly you will need to get a Blending board cloth which of course I sell at http://www.nickelbeeart.com/collections/felting-tools-and-equipment/products/blending-board-cloth You have a choice between 3 different “points per inch” sizes. 48 points is used for courser fibre, 72 points is used for regular fibre like Merino and 108 point is used for very fine and exotic fibres. You will also require a staple gun. DO NOT EVER GLUE YOUR CLOTH TO THE SURFACE. This will make it stiff and WILL break your fibres as you are drafting the fibres and also laying the fibres out.
I purchased a dowling and cut it a few inches longer then the blending board cloth diagonally and also purchased a paint brush or some kind of stiffer brush to pack your fibres down.
Once you have all of those things, make sure that your blending board cloth is straight on the cutting board and that the points are faced the right way. Staple away. It is easier if you have two people doing this and holding the cloth tight so there are no ripples.
Have fun with your blending board. The blending you can do is so addicting.