We had never heard of a blending board before Spin Off magazine did an article about them back in 2012. Since that time we’ve had requests for them, and obviously so have our suppliers. Both Majacraft and Ashford are now making these, and we’re going to be carrying them for as long as there is demand.

A blending board is basically a flat board covered with carding cloth very similar to what is used on drum carders. Fibre is layed over the cloth and brushed in place using the brush provided, or a paint brush if you prefer. You can lay the fibre in exactly the way you want if for your intended end use. This is a terrific way to blend colours or to blend different types of fibres, or both! Once the board is loaded up the fibre is removed by loosening at one end and carefully pulling it off the board like a batt.

Spinners can then roll it up like a jelly-roll and create a “tube” of fibre called a rolag which is spun from one end. It can also be taken off as a batt then torn into strips and spun much like you would with a piece of roving, or the batt can be rolled from side-to-side then stretched out by hand pulling into a long piece of roving.

Felters can wet felt the batt exactly as it comes off the board, or tear it into smaller pieces for embellishment on top of a wool foundation for needle or Nuno felting projects. Larger pieces can be made by laying batts out with an overlap like shingles on a roof.

Though a blending board offers some of the same blending possibilities as a drum carder, it’s price is much lower and it stores away easily when not in use. It may give better control as well for felters doing landscape or portrait-style projects, because you can lay the fibre exactly where you want it to remain. The possibilities are endless!

Ashford Blending Board
Ashford Blending Board
FREE SHIPPING within Canada! Canadian orders only. We have this item shipped directly from the Ashford Canada warehouse, generally within one or two business days. We also usually have several in stock at our store for you to see and try. Ashford says: "So easy and fun to use! Makes perfect rolags for spinning and blends fibres, colours, and textures." The Ashford Blending Board features: - Rotating and adjustable keel (goes on the backside, to raise up one end of the board, or use without if you prefer) - Large 30cm x 30cm (12" x 12") blending area - 108 point card cloth - Convenient carry handle - Blending brush and two dowel rods for drafting, rolling and removing the rolags - lacquered finish NOTE: This item is set to ship separately, because of the awkward box shape and size. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
$259.00 Add to cart
Majacraft Blending Board 210 – Pre-order only
Majacraft Blending Board 210 – Pre-order only
CANADIAN orders only. CUSTOM ORDER PRODUCT. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Available quantity shows so that our cart will accept orders and does not reflect our actual on-hand inventory. Blending board and accessories, including: - 1 Blending board (72 ppsi carding cloth) - Keel (fits on the back, puts the board on an angle like a drafting board but board may also be used without it) - Fibre brush - Two dowels Majacraft's description: "The blending board is a tool for producing finely controlled rolags for spinning and batts for felting. We have used 72 TPI cloth that measures 210mm (8.3") wide by 300mm long (11.8")." "The Majacraft boards have several extra features to set them apart. The cloth is securely bonded to the board and we have added caps to the each end of the cloth the ensures the cloth will not pick up as well as producing a very tidy finish with no frayed or cut ends. Each board has an elegant metal handle that is both attractive and sturdy. We have also used metal Majacraft badges like those included with the spinning wheels. A brush to help draft your fibre and dowels to roll rolags from the board for spinning are also included." This is a very handsome-looking tool and exceptionally well made, like all Majacraft products. We plan to stock this more-or-less regularly, so drop by the shop to take a look, if you're in the area. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
$244.00 Add to cart