I have wanted a blending board for years, but the price tag of a new blending board has never been in my budget. I wanted to experiment and make my own DIY blending board, and guess what? I did it for less than $70!
If you would like to watch the video of this project, you can watch it here, otherwise keep reading for the steps to complete your DIY blending board!
The materials I used for this blending board include:
- Rosie’s Blending Board Pad which is what I used to make my board. You can purchase this at the Woolery.
- You can also order custom lengths of carding cloth from Paradise Fibers in two different widths and in a range of TPI. Just make sure it will fit on your cutting board if you order it this way.
To match the 12 X 12 blending board pad, I purchased a 12″ X 17″ Cutting Board made of acacia wood from Amazon. Remember if you choose a custom length of cloth to be sure it will fit on your cutting board. I also recommend using acacia rather than bamboo. Bamboo can be tricky to get staples into.
I purchased a pet brush and paint brush from my local dollar store, and they are working just fine, although I do anticipate the pet brush wearing out fairly quickly. If you would like a more durable and “proper” tool to use on your blending board, you can check out these flicker brushes and tools created specifically for blending boards.
- Paradise Fibers Mini Carding/Blending Brush – The handle is located on the back of this tool so you can face the tines away from you to press fibers into the board, or toward you for a carding effect.
- Woolery Golden Fleece Blending Brush – The carding cloth on the brush is specially developed for blending purposes with longer and finer wires.
- Ashford Flick Carder – This is the flicker that is sold with the Ashford brand blending board. It can be used with the blending board or on it’s own to flick open locks.
- Dowels or Knitting Needles – I needed to use my extra long knitting needles to remove the rolag from the blending board. Dowels work too. Just make sure the length of your dowels or needles is slightly longer than the width of your blending board.
Tools to Assemble the Blending Board
I used a utility staple gun that I already had in the family’s tool box.
Assembling Your DIY Blending Board
Let’s put the blending board together! It is fairly straightforward, but there are a few tips I discovered along the way that will help you create a fabulous blending board!
- You will want to make sure you have the tines of the carding cloth facing the right direction. Do this by figuring out which direction they are pointing. That direction is “up”. Orient the carding cloth so the tines are pointing up toward the top of your board.
- Line up the carding cloth on the cutting board and make sure there is enough space around the edges to staple the cloth to the board.
- Begin by stapling in the center of the carding cloth and working your way toward the edges by alternating adding a staple on the left, then the right, etc. This will ensure your carding cloth stays centered.
After completely stapling one side of the carding cloth, staple the opposite side of the cloth to the cutting board. If needed, you can come back to the edges and add a few staples to secure the cloth to the board.
And that’s it, you are finished! Here are a few pictures of the first rolags and yarns I made with my new blending board!
Don’t forget to thwack your yarn when you finish spinning! Thwacking is especially great for woolen yarns, like what you will spin from your lovely new rolags!