Building a DIY blending board (spielen mit Kardenbelag)

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DIY Blending Board

It’s arrived! Finally … The carding cloth. The most expensive piece of ‘fabric’ I’ve ever bought.

People seemed to be getting theirs from naturalfiberyarns on Etsy, but what with shipping and customs as well as having to wait when you’re itching to get started, buying from the States is rarely worth it. Instead, I tracked down a few European sources, including Wingham Wool Work (UK), Golden Fleece Carders (NL), WaldWolle on DaWanda (DE), Keramik & Kunst (DE) and Walther Spinnrad (DE). Actually, there seem to be plenty of sellers in Germany for this stuff (once I worked out that it was called Kardenbelag – another translation that was beyond The Engineer). In the end I went with Wolfbiene on Ebay, who does 52ppsi and 104 ppsi as well as the ‘standard’ 72ppsi.

Parcel in hand, I ran for the scissors, pulled out the exorbitantly priced bit of stapled rubber and began gleefully (and very foolishly) plying it with roving à la everyone else on the Internet whose being showing off their DIY blending boards. I would regret it instantly. Sheepishly, I set about removing the wool with a handy fork and departed for the second-hand store in search of a cheap bread board.

Instead, I found a suitably festive Advent candle board for EUR 3.90 that was just the perfect size. I gave it a quick sanding, knocked off two of the feet, attached the carding cloth with superglue and fixed it with tacks in each corner. I then spent the next few hours tugging at it to see if it was dry yet. It wasn’t. But having absolutely no patience I started to play anyway and set about layering it up with a selection of roving from Das Wollschaf, which I’d dyed with Ashford dyes a week before.

Almost an entire Harry Potter box-set later I’d spun up my very first yarn on my second-hand bargain, my Louet S20. Naturally, the yarn’s a bit rubbish, but I’m still fairly proud of it. Looking forward to getting the hang of this, but wondering if I can ever spin anything that can be knitted up into something lovely rather than something distinctly ‘rustic’ looking …

Next … on to the DIY wool picker … because one spiky object is never enough …

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