$50 instead of $200

That’s how much I spent on a blending board.   Spinning has opened a whole world of possibilities for me in terms of color play and one of the ways to do so and play with a mixture of fibers is by custom blending on a blending board.  I wanted this one (which incidentally is the cheapest on the market) … at a price of $195 + tax.

Ashford Blending Board

I think it can be found on Etsy for $175.00 but that price tag is still too high for me.  So I decided to make one.  This is what I did:

  • Bought carding cloth at 72 tpi (tines per inch) on Etsy for $49 (inclusive of shipping)
  • Used an old butcher’s block that I had previously.  It cost $13.
  • Used my trusty staple gun
  • Stapled the carding cloth to the butcher block
  • I couldn’t stand looking at the staples, so I framed the cloth and covered the rest of the board with my trust “Flower Power” duct tape I bought at Michaels 2 Christmases ago for a whopping $0.99 cents.
  • I also got two paint brushes free from my building super to “paint” the fibers onto the board.
  • And I’m using 2 old knitting needles as dowels to roll the fiber off the board.
  • And I had a blending brush that I bought to use as a flicker brush.

I ended up with this:

I might go to the beauty supply store and get two boar bristle brushes of different firmness to add to my kit but there it is … in all it’s flowery glory.   Necessity is definitely the mother of invention.  If I was working, I probably would have bought the Ashford board, but living on a budget while still wanting to grow in my skill-set allowed me to think of things differently.  Even if I calculate the cost of the stuff I had before, the needles were .79c for the pair and the board was $12.99.  Even if I add that to the $49 I paid for the cloth, I’d still come in under $70 for a board that works pretty well.

Wanna see what it did?

I used all the miscellanous fiber I got in various spindle kits — bought and gifted — to create these sea inspired rolags and a gradient mini batt.  I ended up re-processing the batt; I found it thin in spots.  So I now have a set of rolags from my DIY board to practice my long draw drafting on.  Win, win, I’d say.  😀

Have you diy-ed any tools for your hobbies?  Tell me all about it in the comments.  😀

Winter Lips

An oldie but goodie. I figured this would be a perfect start to our winter themed Fit Fine Fabulous posts.


Baby it’s cold outside and my skin, especially my lips are paying the price.  Figured someone else could use this super easy D.I.Y.  I know it’s not knitterly, but it’ll definitely help protect against the winter blast. 


Exfoliate then pucker up!!!! 😀

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