Blending Boards: From Rolags to Roving

The blending board can be your go-to fiber prep tool above all others and a few inexpensive additions can take this simple tool to the next level.  Learn how-to with Debbie Held

Debbie Held · March 16, 2021

As more and more spinners delve into fiber preparation for intentional spinning, the blending board is more popular than ever before. It’s space efficient, lightweight, and far less costly than investing in expensive blending tools and machinery.

Best of all, with a little know-how and a few inexpensive gadgets from around the house, the blending board can help serve up far more than smooth and shiny rolags.

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to choose or make a Blending Board
  • What tools to use
  • How to load the fibres in the Blending Board
  • How to make rolags and batts
  • How to roll or dizz them off the board.
  • How to go off board to make a carded cloud prep
  • How to create texture batty bumps
  • How to flick open and store locks

Come join us in tapping into the full potential of blending boards!


All of the chat and progress will be shared over at the forum, with social media posts shared using the tags: #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia

 

Reminder to join us today for our final Zoom meetup as part of the Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece with Kim McKenna @claddaghfibrearts! Starting today, November 10th at 11:00 AM PT (2:00 PM ET), bring along the fleece you've scoured, prepped, and spun over the past six weeks and share it with us as we wrap up this fabulous and fun group study. ⁠

Find the Zoom link at the SOS Events Calendar (link in IG bio). We'll see you soon!⁠



#sosspinning #sosspinningstudygroup #schoolofsweetgeorgia #fleeceprep #fibreprep #handspun #claddaghfibrearts

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As daily life can become busy, taking back a bit of every day for crafting is my happy place. Learning new skills by myself can feel challenging and being the only fiber-obsessed human in my household, lonely too. There is a reason make-alongs are so popular with so many crafters: even if we love our “me time,” sharing the process and the takeaways make it more meaningful as it didn’t stay only with us, but may have helped someone else too.⁠

At Greta Cornejo's @gretacornejomakes new article: Level Up Your Fibre Arts Skills with Study Groups, Greta shares more about how these study guides have helped her along her own journey of exploring the different SOS course content. Helping her to level up her own learning. Find the article at the SOS site (direct link in bio)!

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Julia

I love it when I know the sheep’s name 🥰

First baggie of fleece for my School of SweetGeorgia raw fleece study is done.

39% Gotland, Dorset & Charollais: 58yds, 37g, 707ypp, 13wpi, 9bpi, 10% elasticity.

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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Beginning

Working from raw fleece study continues.

It isn’t just about washing dirty fleece. It’s examining the wool, determining the best way to scour it and processing the fleece in a way to make each lock of wool come to life and reach its fullest potential.

I expect to have some failures along the way but I also see some great successes.

This is just the beginning ❤️

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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It's week three at our Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece and we'll be focusing on the fibre prep process along with some spinning and sampling too! ⁠

There are tutorials to easily reference the different fibre prep techniques, plus download Kim McKenna's @claddaghfibrearts great Sampling Fibre to Yarn worksheet for compiling all the options you could have in your fibre prep. This can then help determine which way you want to fibre prep the rest of your scoured fibre. Also now available for viewing is last week's recording from our Zoom Progress Meetup with chapter notes to quickly find all of the helpful info shared there. ⁠Read more at the week three update at the study group page!

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Brännö fleece ready for a wash. As a longwool it is very lustrous but it is also suprisingly soft. Interestingly enough, I haven't seen this breed listed anywhere and it seems to have few sheep and fewer shepherds.
I'm curious to experience the spinning and process of turning it into cloth.

I've been sampling scouring methods and spun up a little sample this week.

If you had these beautiful locks in your hands, what would you make?

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#sosspinning study group: 28 g of cormo fleece singles spun to be plied like my middle 2-ply sample in the middle of my sample card. Using loads from both claddaghfibrearts courses schoolofsweetgeorgia

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From scouring, fibre prep and sampling in the #sosspinning study group schoolofsweetgeorgia

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Course Content

Module 1: What Can You Do and How to Choose a Blending Board
Module 2: Tools and Basics
Module 3: Making the Most of your Blending Board
Module 4: Taking Off from your Blending Board
Module 5: Thinking Outside the Board

About Instructor

Debbie Held

Debbie Held is a freelance writer and international fiber arts educator who almost always has a spindle in hand. She’s a recurring contributor to Spin Off magazine, PLY, Schacht Spindle Company, and more, and she’s the writer behind the Interweave column, Her Handspun Habit. A truly contented spinster, Debbie lives on an urban farm in Atlanta, Georgia, with an enormous Persian cat named Stanley. Both enjoy watching the spinner’s flock of Shetland sheep living in the yard below their windows. Write to them (all) at www.debbieheld.com.

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  • Course Certificate
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