Most Splendiforous Giveaway Post!!!

Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Events, Fiber, Uncategorized | 144 comments

Wow – over 4000 likers on my Facebook page?! I am so honoured to be able to share my obsession love of fiber with so many people. The whole thing is sometimes a little like a runaway train, I dont know where its heading but I am happy to be on it with so many friends. And its such a great enabler, I really like this technology and its ability to shrink the world and put us in contact with each other so effortlessly (well on a ‘good’ facebook day anyway!). It allows me to share ideas, get feedback, its a mutual inspiration source, and the fiber eyecandy found online often leaves me speechless, in a good way.

So to celebrate this new landmark in community I would love to share my newest project with you! There will be TWO CHOICES in this giveaway, because although I find it difficult to admit, I am aware that not everyone spins or wants to spin, and I dont want you to miss out ๐Ÿ™‚ So one choice is for spinners and fiberistas, and the other choice is for people who love to knit or crochet or even felt!


Did you all see the big trend right now with the blending boards? To make art rolags to spin from? Of course you did, if you have the internet you cant have missed it!ย Theyre awesome right. Well coming soon I will beย making blending boards for sale, hand painted and decorated by me and using the excellent quality Louet Carding cloth!

So my giveaway shall be one of my first hand painted WoolWench design blending boards!!!

I will be selling these in two versions, one plain undecorated, at an awesome price, and one a bit more expensive model that’s decorated in my own design, each will be a unique piece of art, individually created to order. And I will be giving away a painted board!ย  Most boards I have seen online are selling for at least $120, so even though my board is going to be quite a basic board in terms of function, it WILL be pretty and with the Louet carding cloth, you know its going to work really well to blend your fibers and last you a long time! ย I am excited about these and I really want to share and not be the only one thats excited! ๐Ÿ˜›

These are a combination of two of my all time favourite things, fiber stuff and painting. I cant wait to get them made and using them and in my shop!


And if youre not a spinner… and would like something that isnt a blending board, I would be more than happy to use my own blending board to make some pretty rolly rolags to spin into a big skein of art yarn for you!! ย I will make it a super special art yarn, you tell me if you want thick and crazy textured or a smoother finer yarn with more yardage – your choice ๐Ÿ™‚

Heres an example of what rolags look like;


So to enter the draw!! Leave a comment here, share the post, tell me what you love about wool and what you like to make with it ๐Ÿ™‚ Lets celebrate! Check back in a week and I should have pics for you of the finished boards, including the giveaway prize ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, keep it in mind, if you dont win but you do live in or handy to Holland, Patty and I are going to be running a DIY blending board workshop where you can make your own and share my paints, you’ll get your own board for much less than the cost of buying a pre-made one. Thats always cool huh.

I will keep the giveaway open for two weeks, and will post updates as I build the boards. Remember to leave your entry on this page though ok?

-Just a quick edit to say – the draw will be random and taken from the comments on this page, I use a WordPress plugin to choose the winner. I wish I could give one to everyone though!

Good luck!!

Edit 10 March – progress!



  1. I see you have used the mermaid which I think is a lovely tribute to Nadya Vessey, who had a mermaid tail made for her so that she could swim again. Made of course by LOTR special effects shop. Which means the mixing board is magical and I can only imagine the beautiful rolags which could be made on it.

  2. Love the mermaid! My favorite colours too!

  3. I have been spinning off and on for years. BUT, since an art yarn workshop last year, spinning has become an obsession (or at least accummulating more fiber seems to be). Would love to be able to make some of my own blends….and then weave with them.

  4. I am a brand new spinner, making my own colorful rolags sounds intriguing, and your blending board is beautiful.

  5. …Cant see my comment… so here we go again… I love your blending board and the giveaway is such a great way to pay it forward. Thank you so much for doing this… I love the prepping/dyeing part of playing with fiber ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love this… the board is gorgeous… I love all things fiber and am working on prepping/dyeing fibers all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What a splendid giveaway! I just stumbled into your YouTube videos, and I love them all. I’m just getting reacquainted with my fibre stash (after a year away) and can’t wait to start blending some delicious colour and texture.

  8. Um that painted board is gorgeous! I am a fairly new spinner but I have been reading up on blending boards and they are now next on my fiber tool wishlist. (ask my husband…. I keep talking about them to him like he knows what I’m talking about haha!) What I love about wool …. I love how it can be transformed into beautiful pieces of art. I can’t paint or draw for anything but fiber allows me to play with colors and textures and it is just plain pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I prefer wool, especially when it comes from my own sheep. I enjoy taking it from raw to finished hats.

  10. I’ve been trying to make rolags on my hand carders since I haven’t won your blending board (YET)!
    Actually, I’ve never won anything, ever. Could it be my turn this time, please??

  11. Wow, congrats, Suzy! And what an awesome giveaway! Hmm, what I love about wool is how soft and natural it is, its versatility and just the wonderful feel of it! I recently started needle felting (before I only crocheted), which makes me appreciate it even more!

  12. Don’t know if my comment got submitted or not, but I would love to win one of your artsy blending boards. My board will be lucky to get a coat or two of varnish!

  13. Well I would love to win one of your artsy blending boards since my own board will be lucky to get s coat of varnish! Love yours.

  14. Fiber is like a diamond, you are always rewarded when you put the effort into making it truly beautiful, beyond your dreams!

  15. Post 100! When i come up for air I will join you in a workshop. For now I have my fingers crossed and hoping to win one of your gorgeous boards. For me, Playing with wool is taking a few steps back and slowing things down. See you soon somewhere! Tabitha

  16. Now that’s special, a painted blending board ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the fact that you can make such useful items with wool, but also the more fancy and luxurious ones. Right now I spin and I’ve started to card wool too! Blending through the carding cloth seems to have endless possibilities ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. How awesome! I love working with wool any chance I get. Maybe a fun shawl tops my list ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. So very pretty…. I would be honored to win….

  19. Love your colorfull for work! So bright and cheery.

  20. WOW!!!! I love processing raw fleece; spinning, crocheting, and am now learning to felt….. And this is over the top amazing!!!

  21. I love working with wool! It is so much softer and more “alive” than acrylic or man made fibers. I love to spin and I use it for felting, both needle felting and wet felting. I saw a pic on Facebook today of your hand painted blending board and it looks AWESOME!

  22. You are a very nice person, I admire your work and also your sweet messages on art yarn spinners. I have never worked with a blending board before, so I’m very curious. And painted by your is so very special ! Many greetings, Peti

  23. As with everyone here, I have an ongoing love, no, obsession with fiber. From the start of the process, spinning, to knitting and weaving. Do to my limited space, I would love to work with one of your blending boards. To have the opportunity to put some of my ideas into actuality, is so exciting.

  24. I am so enjoying everyones comments here! And clearly we really do all share a great love of wool ๐Ÿ™‚ Its awesome to find all the connection points and the things we share in common in the world of fibers!

  25. Hoi, hier een berichtje uit frankrijk. zie ik je mailtje. Als ik nog in Nederland gewoond had had ik aale workshops bij je gevolgd; Ik ben heel erg benieuwd naar je mengboard en de werkwijze en wanneer ik het in het echt zie of op je blog kom ik er misschien voor naar Nederland om weer gezellig bij je te komen. Je kleuren en je garen vind ik fantastisch.
    Bisous Nolleke

    • Hoi Nolleke! Het zou erg leuk zijn om je weer te zien! Laten mij het weten de volgende keer dat je naar Nederland komt ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Would love a blending board ๐Ÿ™‚ would also love to take one of your classes…maybe someday ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Your beautiful hand painted fibers are so beautiful to look at and my daughter Hรฉloรฏse will love to make some art yarn weaving with it or more free form crochet ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. The rolags that you have posted are so pretty. I would love to be able to make them. And to think that it would be on one of your masterpieces makes me feel that the ones I would create would be just a little more special. Wool and fiber of any sort are such a joy to work with. They are a source of relaxation for me.

  29. The rolags are so awesome! I have yet to get to experience them, and yours are so beautiful! There is something about wool that totally calms me down. I can be all stressed out and insane, and then all I have to do is sink my hands into some wool and *poof*, I’m back to my normal, easy-going self. It’s amazing how our craft is good for the mind and body. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I love the texture and feel of fiber and looking at it wondering what it could be! So many possibilities keep me busy knitting, dyeing, spinning and weaving with it:) Thanks for such a great giveaway–your work is inspirational!

  31. As a beginner at spinning..I’d love to get my hands on some of this deliciousness….please!!

  32. What’s not to love about wool… spinning, knitting, sticking your face in it…
    Very excited about the blending board!

  33. Would love to win the blending board from you. I love wool because…..I just do. Its soft and squishy and I actually like the way it smells(I know I’m weird). My current favorite combo to spin is merino and bamboo. Uhhhhhhmazing! Love it!

  34. Love the blending board idea. Thanks for always sharing so many great ideas. I look forward to seeing more of your art.

  35. What a wonderful opportunity! I’d be very much interested in the blending board!

  36. Hi Suzy, just met you and you suprise me every time! I am in for the blending board! As a felter I just started spinning to use it in my felt but also try to knit it. Your video’s are a great help for me.

  37. Yes, sure I’m in!!!!!!!!!! Love your yarns but I also love your paintings! I think it’s great that you can combine it this way! It’s going to be very successful!, that’s for sure!!!

  38. Oh wauw, I love everything you make, and I want to be in the game for a blending board out of your hands. Wool is everything for me and I try to give my wool fanatic over to my children. there is always something new to learn what you can do with wool, and I didn’t do everything yet!

  39. Please enter me! I would love EITHER prize! I’ve always been so fascinated with wool. I’m a fairly new spinner and weaver. I’ve been knitting soft wool cowls for my daughter with the wool I have spun. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge through your blog…I learn something every time! You’re my spinning guru!!!! Hope to become half as talented as you!!!

  40. I have been spinning for so long that I thought nothing “new” could come along…and then these blending boards have popped up and immediately become so popular. Seeing all the lovely colourful rolags, it is no wonder! Now I would really, really love to try making some, too! Winning your board, which is bound to be rather special, would be really wonderful.

  41. Fabulous blog! Adding it to my reader. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am hopelessly addicted to creating with animal fibers. My latest creation was a weaving with my chunky, lumpy, and sparkly handspun. I would love to try a blending board for alpaca, angora and mohair fiber from my fiber babies!

  42. I reply want a blending board! I have been spinning for over 20 years and I think that being able to blend my own fibers would be fabulous!

  43. I love how soothing wool is. The softness and how it makes me feel when I work with it. Knitting spinning or felting. It is all snugly.

  44. I love wool because it’s soooooo wonderful to work with and I LOVE to make socks, scarves and purses out of wool.

  45. I love your use of color and your beautiful fibers. A blending board painted by you would be cherished

  46. I love your work, totally inspires me. I would love to have a group like yours in my area

  47. Also intrigued by the blending boards! I just bought my first batt from you and am so excited.. I’ve been a knitter since I was itty bitty, but just recently fell in love with spinning and my inherited Louet:)

  48. Those rolags look so pretty and I think I’m gonna love your blending boards(and the upcoming workshop of making your own!). What I love about wool is the whole look and feel of it. There is just so much prettiness in it and that turns in to magic once it’s spun into some funky art yarn or a more regular yarn. Up until now I’ve knitted and crocheted some doll hats, but I have a small weaving frame waiting for me!

  49. Some great-looking items here! Love the colors. Very intrigued by the blending boards!!!

  50. What wonderful that you can share your thoughts and ideas with so many people. I love that I am a part of that. What I love about wool is the feeling and versatile way of using it. I would love to have a blending board painted by you. I love your colors and what you draw.