Spinners seem to be excited about blending boards again, those perfect rolags and mini batts are irresistable. I know I’ve been playing with mine after about a year of not even thinking about it much. I have a cherry Clemes and Clemes blending board that works perfectly every time.
I’ve been making smooth rolags, mini crazy batts with tons of add ins, and roving. Roving from a blending board? Yes, and it’s so quick.
It’s best to use a smoother type of fiber mixture when pulling roving off of a blending board. Noils, and sari silk threads are ok, but big lucious dyed locks don’t work as well.
For this roving I used some dyed Corriedale, bamboo, sari silk threads, and some sparkle.
I put my fibers on in thin layers and didn’t pack them as densely as I do when I’m rolling off rolags.
Once I’m done loading my board up, I start at one corner with a diz or a button, or a needle gauge, and start dizzing across the board, back and forth. I go slowly, pulling the fiber and pushing the diz back down. I go slowly, pulling the fiber with staple lengths in mind, so I don’t get breaks in the roving.
When I get to the top of the board, I wind my roving into a little nest, and start the process again.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
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