Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large

Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large

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The Paradise Fibers 13" Blending Board is the ultimate fiber preparation tool with an 11.5" x 11.5" working area available in 54, 72, 90, 120, and 190 tpi to fit all your fiber needs. These high grade wood laminate boards are great for absolute control of your blending, ultra-consistent fiber preparation,... Read More

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Paradise Fibers Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large Review
06/09/2020
I recommend this product

Beautifully constructed Blending board

I love it. My first relays weren't perfect, but my 2nd try was amazing. Easy to do, makes drafting a dream.

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Marcy S.
United States United States
Paradise Fibers Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large Review
08/16/2019
I recommend this product

Excellent tool!

I made my first rolag with this blending board from PF. It was so much fun and so easy to do! This was my first time making a rolag on a blending board and I'm afraid I packed on too much fiber - the rolag is super dense and a little difficult to spin from. I also managed to roll the rolag too tightly while removing the fiber from the blending board and it was difficult to pull the first dowel out. I had to get one of those rubber grippy things for opening jars so I could grasp one dowel and free my rolag. I certainly need more practice to avoid these troubles, but I hope this experience I had can help others!

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Elizabeth W.
United States United States
Paradise Fibers Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large Review
07/02/2019
I recommend this product

Excellent board, less excellent accessory tools

The blending board itself, which is the important and expensive piece, is amazing. It's stood up to heavy use since I got it, I have an excellent amount of work space, and I'm absolutely loving the ability to quickly whip up creative remixes of my fiber stash. The chip brushes that are included with the order are very cheaply made, however - mine began shedding bristles immediately, and I spend time picking bristles out of my blends :( I know this happens with bristle brushes with wear and tear, but apparently any use at all on the board is too much wear and tear for these brushes- you'll need to figure out an alternate brush situation or resign yourself to a lot of finicky checking over each layer you blend.

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Caitlin D.
United States United States
Paradise Fibers Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large Review
05/31/2019
I recommend this product

Terrific bending board!

There was a tiny bit of a learning curve but I was able to figure out how to use the board via the video tutorial. I’ve made batts and preps for nuno felted pieces while watching TV. It certainly makes the process of nuno felting easier. Fast delivery from Paradise, great quality and a great investment.

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Susie H.
United States United States
Paradise Fibers Paradise Fibers Blending Board - Large Review
10/12/2017

Instantly began to use with

Instantly began to use with bits of fiber to create art batts. Was easy to work with. Should have bought this long ago.

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JANE P.
United States
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Product Details

The Paradise Fibers 13" Blending Board is the ultimate fiber preparation tool with an 11.5" x 11.5" working area available in 54, 72, 90, 120, and 190 tpi to fit all your fiber needs. These high grade wood laminate boards are great for absolute control of your blending, ultra-consistent fiber preparation, and to create the most awesome rolags with repeat ability that’s unmatched. Need a smaller work area?

Paradise Fibers tools are painstakingly created with high levels of craftsmanship and artistry. You are sure to be pleased with the outstanding woodwork and details put into these beautifully built fiber processing tools.

Blending Board features include:
  • 3 position keel
  • Very sticky rubber feet on both the board itself and on the bottom of the keel (so it can’t move around on a table!)
  • Offered in the following sizes: 54, 72, 90, 120, and 190 tpi
  • Overall measurements are: 15 ¼ by 13 inches; with a full 11 1/2  by 11 1/2 inch working area
  • Consisting of high grade laminated wood, this thing is tough!  Wood will be either laminated Alder Wood or Grade a-b Veneered Plywood.
  • Easily creates ½ ounce batts, top, or rolags, which all depends on your choice of fiber.
  • Included with board:
    • ¼”, 3/8” and ½” Maple dowel for removing your puni or rolags 
    • 2” and 3” standard chip brush to help draft or apply fiber. 

 We also make a Mini Carder or Blending Brush that works perfectly with these boards: Blending Brush

 Paradise Fibers also makes a smaller Blending Board that can be found here: 10.5" Blending Board.

 Check out our blog for videos and tutorials on how to use our Blending Boards to create the rolag of your dreams!

 

How to choose the correct Teeth Per Inch (TPI):

The carding cloth’s teeth per inch (tpi) measures how densely the teeth are packed together. That density determines how much texture of roving is removed and how much color is blended in a single pass. The higher the number, the finer the carding cloth and the more smooth and blended the fiber becomes. 

Think of tpi as it applies to a hairbrush: If you have fine hair, you use a brush with lots of bristles close together. This gives a smooth finish. When you have curly hair, you use a wide-tooth comb or a brush with stiff bristles that are far apart. These bristles leave the curls together rather than separating and smoothing them out.

Although coarse and textured fibers are best carded on low-tpi carders, fine fibers can also be carded on equipment with less dense carding cloth.  One way to match up your cloth with your fibre is by paying attention to the micron counts (approximate) of your fleece. Let’s consider anything between 18-24 micron is ‘fine’, that 24-32 Micron fibers are ‘medium’ and 33+ micron fibers are ‘coarse: 

  • Fine - tpi of 120< OR 90< for a blending board(Merino, Alpaca, or Cormo) To card smooth, lofty batts and rolags with little to no texture or blend fibers and colors together thoroughly. Fine fibers are best used on high-tpi carding equipment. To card more textured or coarser fiber on a tool with a high tpi measurement, it is important to pick open the fiber first. 
  • Medium - tpi around 72: (BFL, Cheviot, Shetland) For most uses, including carding most wool.  It can accommodate a range of fiber diameters, create somewhat textured fiber preparations, and blend and smooth moderately fine batts.
  • Coarse - tpi 50>: (Lincoln, English Leicester, Herdwick) To keep lots of texture in the fibers and blend loosely, this will give you a chunky, textured batt. If you are carding multiple kinds of fiber together, you will get bold variations on a single pass.

Follow the link for more information on tpi and blending: https://spinoffmagazine.com/carding-cloth-tpi-best-job/