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easy mangle

Kati Meek
 

The mangle that I use most often is a sheet of plate-glass on top of a table plus a marble rolling pin. Clean,wet linen is smoothed onto the plate glass, rolled HARD in both warp and weft directions, left to dry. Sheets and large items are 'pinned' to the deck rail with small rocks and left to dry.  Treadle with Joy, Kati


Re: hot or cold?

Fran Osten
 

The one thing I learned from a not so nice grandmother-in-law is to smooth wet cloth napkins or towels on the smooth top surface of the washer or dryer  You can actually layer multiple ones atop one another and if you are careful about smoothing each they come out as if ironed!! Perfect for me as I hate to iron. Wish I could only do that on the beautiful tablecloths inherited from my mother!  It cost a fortune the last time I took one to be commercially laundered. 


Re: hot or cold?

Eve Alexander
 

Hi Joe,

I had things stolen off my line.  It was called 'snow dropping' in my area.

Eve


Re: Interesting article

Ian Bowers
 

Yup 

Ian Bowers (Dr)
Managing Director 
George Weil &Sons Ltd 

On 11 Apr 2020, at 21:56, Lisa Hill via groups.io <hillweaver@...> wrote:

Or could be described as "a hypothesis" . . . 🤓


Re: hot or cold?

jmgriffiths
 

That’s what I do – lay it flat soaking wet and the linen runners and placemats come out really nice and do not need any ironing. I read somewhere that they did that In the past laying the wet linen on glass. Janice in BC

 

From: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io> On Behalf Of Inga Marie Carmel
Sent: April 11, 2020 6:29 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

How I handle linen. I learned in sweden and well, they boiled it. 

 

I tend to wash in the machine big pieces on hot, soak and hand wash smaller or more delicate pieces. I HATE what dryers do to it. Takes all the lovely linen-ness and shine away!  If it’s a towel i hang them to dry. If it’s a table piece I put it on a hard, smooth surface and absolutely plaster it down with water spray. i can smooth  a lot of the wrinkles out by hand that way. I don’t have a mangle, but I’m eyeing mom’s (and she’s 96).  I do have a steam press and can get a pretty good result using that. High setting, no steam but slightly damp. 

 

We all want different things from our cloth, but that’s how I do it. 

marie

 

Inga Marie Carmel

An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve -  Mies van der Rohe

 


Re: hot or cold?

Inga Marie Carmel
 

How I handle linen. I learned in sweden and well, they boiled it. 

I tend to wash in the machine big pieces on hot, soak and hand wash smaller or more delicate pieces. I HATE what dryers do to it. Takes all the lovely linen-ness and shine away!  If it’s a towel i hang them to dry. If it’s a table piece I put it on a hard, smooth surface and absolutely plaster it down with water spray. i can smooth  a lot of the wrinkles out by hand that way. I don’t have a mangle, but I’m eyeing mom’s (and she’s 96).  I do have a steam press and can get a pretty good result using that. High setting, no steam but slightly damp. 

We all want different things from our cloth, but that’s how I do it. 

marie

Inga Marie Carmel
An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve -  Mies van der Rohe


Re: hot or cold?

Inga Marie Carmel
 

I agree with you 100%, Sara. I don’t get this preoccupation with softness at all. 

marie

Inga Marie Carmel
An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve -  Mies van der Rohe

“i have never understood why folks here in N. America insist on having their
linen "feel as soft as cotton" when that is really not one of the better
properties of linen.”


Re: hot or cold?

Linda Schultz
 

Same in my neighborhood.

But...the state passed a "Right-to-dry" law which specifically states that the use of clotheslines and other renewable energy methods supersedes HOA covenants. I have not put it to test yet - mostly because I have no place to put up a clothesline. 


Re: hot or cold?

Susan Lee-Bechtold
 

Sorry, that was sent to the wrong person, Joe made me laugh so hard.-Su

 

From: weavetech@groups.io [mailto:weavetech@groups.io] On Behalf Of Susan Lee-Bechtold via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 6:58 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

Doesn’t Lorna live near?

 

From: weavetech@groups.io [mailto:weavetech@groups.io] On Behalf Of Joe P
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:38 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

Hi Everyone and Doreen 

 

Doreen I read your post. I just can't stop laughing. I am laughing so hard my eyes are watering.

 

In my neighborhood. a person will cruise the back alley in a yard, and steal the clothesline, with all of the clothing on it. I was crossing the street to my house and a bicycle came flying out of the back alley and looked like it was being ridden by a basket of wash. 

 

Keep Weaving 

Joe Bear in WI U.S.A. 


From: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io> on behalf of Doreen McLaughlin <doreen@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:15 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

try this: Dry it on the line…

            Not in my neighborhood. It’s against the covenants to have an outside line to dry clothes. The HOA will be over quickly to assess and collect a fine as soon as it’s spotted.

Doreen


Re: hot or cold?

Susan Lee-Bechtold
 

Doesn’t Lorna live near?

 

From: weavetech@groups.io [mailto:weavetech@groups.io] On Behalf Of Joe P
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:38 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

Hi Everyone and Doreen 

 

Doreen I read your post. I just can't stop laughing. I am laughing so hard my eyes are watering.

 

In my neighborhood. a person will cruise the back alley in a yard, and steal the clothesline, with all of the clothing on it. I was crossing the street to my house and a bicycle came flying out of the back alley and looked like it was being ridden by a basket of wash. 

 

Keep Weaving 

Joe Bear in WI U.S.A. 


From: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io> on behalf of Doreen McLaughlin <doreen@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:15 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

try this: Dry it on the line…

            Not in my neighborhood. It’s against the covenants to have an outside line to dry clothes. The HOA will be over quickly to assess and collect a fine as soon as it’s spotted.

Doreen


Re: hot or cold?

Linda Schultz
 

That's a good point about wanting "soft" linen. I love the hand of linen, which starts out crisp and changes as its used. If it's something for my own use, the linen gets pressed or mangled and then gets to that point through use. It's only for tea towels that I am selling that I soften them a bit in the dryer. My perception is that the average consumer is unused to linen's crisp feel, and wants a tea towel more like the ones they buy in the store.

But I would agree with the original poster that you would probably want a baby blanket to be softened before use.

Linda


Re: hot or cold?

Joe P
 

Hi Everyone and Doreen 

Doreen I read your post. I just can't stop laughing. I am laughing so hard my eyes are watering.

In my neighborhood. a person will cruise the back alley in a yard, and steal the clothesline, with all of the clothing on it. I was crossing the street to my house and a bicycle came flying out of the back alley and looked like it was being ridden by a basket of wash. 

Keep Weaving 
Joe Bear in WI U.S.A. 


From: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io> on behalf of Doreen McLaughlin <doreen@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:15 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?
 

try this: Dry it on the line…

            Not in my neighborhood. It’s against the covenants to have an outside line to dry clothes. The HOA will be over quickly to assess and collect a fine as soon as it’s spotted.

Doreen


Re: hot or cold?

Sara von Tresckow
 

It may be time to challenge the HOA attitude on this.

 

Sara von Tresckow, Fond du Lac, WI

sarav@...

Author of “When a Single Harness Simply Isn’t Enough”

http://www.woolgatherers.com Dutch Master Loom/Spinning Chairs/Öxabäck Looms, visit us in Fond du Lac or contact us about your weaving/spinning needs

 

From: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io> On Behalf Of Doreen McLaughlin
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:16 PM
To: weavetech@groups.io
Subject: Re: [weavetech] hot or cold?

 

try this: Dry it on the line…

            Not in my neighborhood. It’s against the covenants to have an outside line to dry clothes. The HOA will be over quickly to assess and collect a fine as soon as it’s spotted.

Doreen


Re: hot or cold?

Doreen McLaughlin
 

try this: Dry it on the line…

            Not in my neighborhood. It’s against the covenants to have an outside line to dry clothes. The HOA will be over quickly to assess and collect a fine as soon as it’s spotted.

Doreen


Re: Linen baby blanket

Dawn Talbot
 

I too have linen sheets. Very soft. They are warm in winter and cool in summer. I was told to wash them in the machine using cold water. I dry them in the dryer and press them easily with my iron. They iron easily - no wrinkles left, in fact better than the pure cotton sheets. 

I must agree with others that cotton would be my choice for  baby blankets, not linen. 

Dawn

Dawn Talbot
92 Moncur St
The Church
Woollahra, NSW
Australia 2025
04 2202 7370


On 12 Apr 2020, at 6:40 am, Mandi Ballard via groups.io <mandi.ballard@...> wrote:


I have linen sheets, 3 sets. I have washed and dried them for years. During the warm months I will dry them outside, which I love. During the not-so-warm months I use the dryer. Yes, they get wrinkly, I have a rotary press that I press them with each week. I love line drying because that means no pressing. 

The sheets have become worn in a few areas, requiring darning, but I don’t mind too much as they are far sturdier than the cotton sheets. With 2 adults and 6 dogs the sheets take a beating!


     —-Mandi


Re: Linen baby blanket

DR D W Taylor
 

Hi y’all. 
I love using ‘Cotton Fine’ from Brown Sheep Co. It is 80% cotton and 20% fine wool and has a lovely drape when woven or knitted and is washable and dryable. Ease of care is critical for most folk these days. Most busy young mothers or whoever probably won’t take the time for special handling. I know that I did not - and anything that required it went into the back of the closet never to see the light of day. 
Peace. D. Taylor, DVM






Re: Interesting article

Lisa Hill
 

Or could be described as "a hypothesis" . . . 🤓


Re: Linen baby blanket

Linda Schultz
 

On Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 05:59 AM, Amy Somerstein wrote:
I am weaving a linen baby blanket with a combination of 20/2 and 14/2 linen.  My intent is for it to be fully machine washable and dryable. Does anybody have any suggestions for softening it prior to my gifting it in addition to just washing it? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
I make tea towels out of linen this size (20/2), and it makes for a lovely hand. However, I tend to use a mixture of cotton, cotolin, or linen, rather than pure linen, which may be too stiff for a baby blanket. I machine wash, but I air dry them. When they are dry, I soften them up using the touch up cycle in the dryer, with some dryer balls, which seems to work.


Linen Baby Blanket

bigwhitesofadog
 

The comments on this might indicate that linen is a poor choice for a blanket that should be soft, warm, and easy care.  Cotton is much more suitable and easier to work.
Sandra


Linen baby blanket

Mandi Ballard
 

I have linen sheets, 3 sets. I have washed and dried them for years. During the warm months I will dry them outside, which I love. During the not-so-warm months I use the dryer. Yes, they get wrinkly, I have a rotary press that I press them with each week. I love line drying because that means no pressing. 

The sheets have become worn in a few areas, requiring darning, but I don’t mind too much as they are far sturdier than the cotton sheets. With 2 adults and 6 dogs the sheets take a beating!


     —-Mandi

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