Carding and Blending Cloth
Blending Cloth comes in all shapes. You can purchase blending cloth to replace your hand carders, your blending board or even your table carder. There are different numbers of points depending on the type of fibre you are wanting to card. The lower the point #, the fewer the points it has on the cloth. 72 point is good for Merino and other types of wool with a lower micron count. The 108 point cloth is good for finer fibres like silk and mohair.
DIY Blending Board
Its easy to make your own board from a simple version to more a sophisticated adjustable angle , adjustable keel type. Ours is the latter type with all the extra bits but you can easily produce your own version.
A suitable base board, slightly larger than the card cloth dimensions, needs to be sourced. There are lots of chopping boards or kitchen work top offcuts that would work just fine. Some blending boards have an adjustable rotating keel, but I have made one without and don't think I need one. I also use a paint brush as the blending brush instead of spending another $20-$40.
The most important part of the job is fixing the card cloth. Under no circumstances should it be glued.
The card cloth is manufactured to be on a flexible backing so that the wires will flex. If it is glued down then it looses this property and is no longer card cloth but just spikes on a board that are more likely to tear and break the fibres.
To fix all you need to do is keep it tight and fix the edges with staples or tacks. This also allows it to be easily replaced if ever it wears out after many years of use.
And there you have it, Your very own Blending Cloth and board!