How to create Mini Fibre Batts on a Blending Board

by Pinky Wittingslow June 11, 2018

How to create Mini Fibre Batts on a Blending Board

Summer seems to last so long until all of a sudden the cold sneaks in and the last of the summer flowers close and are gone. This Cosmos flower was one of the last and it survived well into May, despite the chickens raiding the foliage, before it finally succumbed to the first frost of the season.

Photo of summer's last Cosmos flower, the perfect colour inspiration for carding



So as we say goodbye to the warmth of the weather, I thought it prudent to use this bright coloured wonder as inspiration for creating a lovely gradient on the Ashford Blending Board and transfer that warmth into something to wearable.

 

Fibre Batt made from aunt jenny's stocked range of corriedale slivers



What you will need:

Ashford Blending Board ( available here )
Premium Corriedle or Merino Sliver in the following colours: ( available here )

  • Raspberry #047
  • Magenta #023
  • Pansy #046
  • Cupcake #033
  • Cheesecake #003
  • Yellow #027

 

Fibre colours you will need for this project

 

A Blending Board stores flat, is very portable, can sit on your lap or on a table, is quicker than hand carders and can make both rolags and fibre batts. The Ashford Blending Board comes with a pair of dowels, an adjustable stand too which can be rotated to sit neatly between your legs on your lap giving you extra stability and the ability to sit through hubby’s boring selection of TV viewing! Haha!

 

Ashford Blending Board from Aunt Jenny dot com dot au



So lets get started!

To create a gradient we will work from left to right on the board starting with the darkest pink hue through to light pink and then golden yellow before ending in bright yellow.



sliver colours laid out in a gradient pink to yellow

Starting with Raspberry #047 and at the top left of the board, drag your sliver down the board leaving a thin layer and repeat to lightly cover about a 4 inch strip of the board.


Laying fibre down on an Ashford Blendng Board

Take your Magenta #023 and slightly overlapping the previous strip create another thin layer also about 4inches wide.


Laying more fibre down on the Ashford Blending Board

Do the same with the Pansy #046, then Cupcake #033, Cheesecake #003 and finally Yellow #027. Then use the blending board to brush in a downward motion on the board.


Brushing down  the fibres on the Ashford Blending Board with the blending brush

After this first layer you should see you colour gradient already blending beautifully. Continue laying down you fibres in order with slight overlaps for about 3 to 4 layers brushing in between each layer.


Fist layer complete

You will be ready to remove your Batt once the fibre has reached to tip of the tines (metal spikes) after brushing. Take one of your dowels and at the bottom of your board place it under the fibre ends that are overhanging.



Take the second dowel and place it directly over the top of the other dowel sandwiching the fibre ends between.


Dowel placed over tails of fibre and ready to roll

Hold the dowels together tightly with a hand each and and roll up the board slowly. Use the Blending brush handle first up the board to coax any fibre out of the board that is not rolling out with your dowels.


How to take fibre of a blending board

Your batt will now be rolled around your dowels. Slide one dowel out at a time and then you can unroll your batt to see how it turned out. You can of course leave it as one big rolag by not rolling it open. Your batt will be approximately 30g and Rolag 10g.



Open batt freshly blended on the Ashford Blending Board

If you prefer to make more a puni-style rolags, stop adding fibre after the first layer and roll off using the dowels as tight as you can. Remove the dowels one at a time and don’t unroll. With this corriedale it is light and lofty with beautiful crimp and not as tight as some rolags you see that have smoother fibres such as silk added.



Rolag made on the Ashford Blending Board by Aunt Jenny

 

Repeat the whole process until you have used up all of your fibre or have enough for the project you have in mind. when spinning you can start from the same end each time such as Raspberry which would make a uniform repeating gradient or you could spin Raspberry to Raspberry, Yellow to Yellow and create a yarn with longer sections of those two dominant colours and a neat shorter blend of the other colours in between.

 Rolag sitting on the mini batt



We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and colour inspiration. We’d love to hear from you if you have questions or tutorial suggestions or come join us on Facebook to be part of the discussion.

 

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Pinky Wittingslow
Pinky Wittingslow

Pinky is a serial crafter who has devoted her life to making and teaching all things textiles because she truly believes we can craft ourselves to better health and a better world.


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