To start with, the conclusion of my twelve shaft table runners in the Gebrochene draft. The runners are off the loom and two have been hemmed and washed. I soaked them for thirty minutes in quite hot water and then was quite brave and washed them in the washing machine on the wool cycle. They have survived I'm relieved to say and waiting for me to press them. they have softened up nicely and the rough treatment has helped to even out some of the dent marks so I am pleased with that. Each one has trellis hem stitching at each end and although all that hemstitching was a bit tedious by the time I was on the fourth one I believe it was worthwhile doing it. Here is a close up picture of the hemming before washing.....................
Second thing to update is my 'Danish' jacket ! I finished the body a few weeks ago and then there was a bit of a delay ! The first sleeve is finished now and the second one has reached the half way stage. This is needing to be finished, I hate things not being completed so am determined not to be side tracked this time ! Actually, I am a bit worried about the sewing up and finishing. The final result will depend very much on setting in the sleeves and that is something I am not confident about ! I did find a utube video on how to do it, made it look really easy but I know it isn't. Anyway, with spring threatening to break out before long I need to have it ready to wear. The sleeves are knitted from side to side another new technique for me ! Then there is icord around the cuff, that was easier than I expected and gives a very nice finish to the sleeve.
The other thing to tell you about this week is a new gadget I have !! Whenever I have a skein of wool to wind Tony is always the one to hold the yarn for me. The last one was a large skein of very fine lace weight merino and it went on forever !! Tony decided there must be a mechanical way to do this ! I showed him some pictures of swifts and that got him thinking ! He has a workshop in the loft above our garage, ladder access only so I can't get up there ! Over the last couple of weeks he has been spending quite a few hours up there. Last week he appeared with a prototype of his swift design !!
It works on a 'lazy susan' mechanism and can be adjusted for different sizes of skeins. It did look a bit bulky but I had to admit it did the job ! We wound two skeins in record time and he didn't have sore arms !! Anyway, another few hours in the loft and today he appeared with the final version.
First picture shows it set for large skeins with its arms out as far as they will go.....................
The second picture (without his specs !!!) shows the gadget in compact mode for small skeins........
So, how lucky am I ? A made to measure swift which I am sure is absolutely unique and which I will enjoy using very much. Mind you, I think I may have to be supervised to be sure I am doing it correctly !
There is talk of another gadget and that involves an electric motor, may be a while to wait as he hasn't found one just yet but you can try guessing what he might be planning.
I do have another warp wound but that can wait for another post.
Hope you have enjoyed this, that and the other. have a good weaving week !