Felicia's Notebook, Spinning, Taking Back Friday

Spinning with Debbie Held and Blending Boards

Fibre rolags by Debbie Held

This year, as part of something new, we’re having conversations with many of the multicraftual makers in our community. Just hearing about how they work with different crafts in their lives, and how they juggle between the different crafts they work on. Today, I’m happy to share with you another conversation with one of our SweetGeorgia Ambassadors…. I’m speaking with Debbie Held, a spinner and writer from Atlanta, Georgia, and on today’s vlog, we’re going to have a conversation about how spinning is a part of her morning ritual and a part of her daily life.

Debbie has been working with SweetGeorgia since 2019 when we first launched our Ambassador program. I invited Debbie to be a part of this Ambassador group because she’s such a wonderful spinner, but not only in her own skills and technique, but in the way she encourages people to try spinning for the first time. It’s a kind of energy that I thought would bring a lot of positivity to spinning. We’ve worked together on a number of different workshops for the School of SweetGeorgia. Debbie teaches how to work with supported spindles and e-spinners, and most recently a course with us about how to work with blending boards!

Join me at today’s Taking Back Friday vlog as I talk with Debbie, plus after the conversation show you some of the beautiful and fluffy rolags that Debbie mailed to me from the new SOS workshop, Blending Boards: From Rolags to Roving. I hope you’ll join us for these videos over at the School!

I would also love to hear from you… if you’ve ever used a blending board before, what your favourite thing is about them. Or leave a comment about your interest in working with a blending board – I would love to hear!



  • what I’m wearing: In today’s video I’m wearing the Zweig design by Caitlin Hunter. I knit my sweater in Mohair Silk Sock in Lollipop and Bubble Wand. During the Zoom call with Debbie, I’m wearing my Five by Five cowl design, knit with blended colours from my stash – a little bit of sparkly CashLuxe Spark, CashLuxe Fine and and our Silk Mist yarn.
  • what I’m talking about in today’s video: I’m speaking with Debbie Held, one of our current SweetGeorgia Ambassadors. You can find Debbie and follow along with her on Etsy and Instagram. If you’re interested in being a part of our Ambassador program for future years, more information can be found here. Here are some other items mentioned in today’s video…
    • The spinning wheel Debbie has behind her in the video is a Canadian Production Wheel. The spinning wheel that I mention is a Lendrum Saxony Wheel. Other spinning equipment mentioned is Turkish, Suspended and Supported Spindles. You can find a selection of spindles available on our site here.
    • Looking to try out a Blending Board for yourself? Check out Ashford’s Blending Board available for order in the shop. I also share a sneak peek of the Blending Board being used in our Wet Felting workshop (coming to the School later this year) and the Carding for Colour workshop taught by Katrina Stewart.
  • want to learn more about spinning or the fibre arts? Join us at the School of SweetGeorgia to explore the colourful world of fibre arts. There you can find Debbie’s new spinning course Blending Boards: From Rolags to Roving, as well as Spinning with Supported Spindles and Spinning with E-Spinners. If you are new to the School and interested in joining, start a 14-day trial for only $1, with access to everything that SOS has to offer. Enter the coupon code: CRAFTWITHUS on the plan of your choice on our sign-up page. We hope to see you there!

About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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