Paradise Fibers – Blending Board - Large Size
The Paradise Fibers Blending Board is the ultimate fiber preparation tool. These 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.
Just starting to play, but I'm really liking this 90 TPI Paradise Fibers large blending board. I was looking for a way to combine the various types of prepped roving and tops that come in the Fiber of the Month Club boxes without introducing too many neps. The downward draw of fiber onto and off of the board seems to retain much of the original fiber alignment while, well - blending! Though I can see where the board will also let me experiment with much more textured yarns, I can spin the smooth, worsted (semi-worsted) preps that I gravitate towards.
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!
Having a ball using the blending board
Even though the videos are great, this takes some practice. This company provides lots of help and great products. I highly recommend them.
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.