Monday, June 04, 2012

a bit of ingenuity

doubling stand

i live in a big city. some of it's joys include access to original version films, opera and theater.
the down side is that locating people to perform tasks such as plumbing or carpentry, to name a few, is difficult. when you luck out you get hit with bills hefty enough to pay for the person's second residence  or the kids' college tuition.
on line shopping is an option but there are shipping costs and then there's the immediacy factor. as a result i have to grease my brain cells and come up with creative solutions for  impromptu issues.
ergo my doubling stand:
3 strawberry containers one inside the other bottom and middle ones holding the bobbins, top one as a lid so that the bobbin doesn't fly out. the yarns are passed through a hole at the bottom of the container. the ventilation holes to keep fruit from self poaching.yarn goes all the way to the top, gathered at the top and wound on to the final weaving bobbin.the yarns are kept in order and if needed i can pass both of them through  an eye screw near the bobbin winder  to add extra tension. 
my shuttles are low profile japanese silk shuttles with wooden bobbins. they work with my loom outfit becausee it is narroweish(70 cms) and the shed is not very wide. i have had to devise a rig for the shed, but this will be the subject of another post.
i know i'm going to embarrass myself  letting you in with this pedestrian solution, but it works!

neki desu
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  1. this is how it should be.

  2. Hey, if it works, there's no reason for embarrassment! You've seen some of my improvised solutions to weaving needs... I'm actually proud when I "invent" something that works.


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