Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gowdey Reeds for Structo 600

It took a while, but my new reeds have arrived. After struggling with cleaning a very old and rusty reed, I ordered three new stainless ones from Gowdey Reed Company, 6, 12 and 15 dent (many thanks to sarah(at)sarahhaskell(dot)com for all her help with the order. Here the 12 is in the Structo, ready and waiting for the RED cotton warp! Unfortunately the beater is not adjustable, and the reeds were a little short in height. I had to shim them in place with strips of cardboard, so if I ever do this again, I'd spend a little more and have them 1/8 inch taller. The shims work, not a big deal. Many thanks to the advise from various blogs online, especially the all_things_structo Yahoo Group.

IKAT adventures

This July I trekked to Brooklyn (car/ferry/bus--bus/ferry/car) for an IKAT workshop. Measured a white cotton warp, enough for 4 placemats. Learned to tie off the resist area patterns. Here is link to Indonesian process. Mixed the PreProcessed Indigo into 10 gallon plastic garbage pail that has a cover, let soak for 15 minutes. Rinsed and rinsed and rinsed and then hung warp to dry for next week. Dry fibers then warped back to front on schacht 4-harness loom. Weft is worsted handspun teal wool and chunky light blue accents. Using Glimakra Temple that I bought at The Mannings to help to get even selvage. We used toilet paper to start the weaving instead of wasting fiber! way cool.
and here is the final result...

Monday, July 08, 2013