I haven't been able to spin lately due to some back problems. I'm actually thinking of an electric spinning wheel to cut out the need for treadling, but in the mean time I thought I might give my charka a try with spinning wool.
There was cotton already spun on it, so I had to ply it to get it off. This was a naturally green cotton. It grows green. Imagine. :) Now bear in mind that I am not very proficient with my charka.. :) This would be a new experience.
Apple Leef Farm in Van Alstyne, TX that flax should never be plied back on itself.. but we didn't talk about cotton. Anyway... this is how I plied it and I found that plying on the charka was quite easy. I didn't think I had very much on there, but it seemed that I would never get it all done..lol It turns out I had spun 100 yards of singles and ended with 51 yards of double ply.
Was I surprised..! Just look at the difference! I have some more cotton on my takhli and I'm thinking I may have to take it off and see what color it becomes..lol
It's gonna be a hot day here in North Texas.. over the 100° mark. Gonna stay inside and piddle around with the house getting ready for a visit from DS and DDIL next week. Just hoping that the sun decides to give us a break on the heat while they are here. Going to put on some tea to boil, turn up the fan and have a wonderful day. Hope you do to.. :)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
First, I found a recipe for cooked white glue (actually called "book glue" ). Turns out it's just the same flour and water paste we used as kids with a little sugar and vinegar added and then cooked until thickened. Here's the recipe I used:
4 tbsp. white flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar
6 to 8 oz of water
Mix well in a small pan, then bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir continually until the mixture reaches the thickness you desire. I put mine into small jelly jars and stored in the refrigerator. I haven't worked on how to do a hot water bath or something that will allow this to be stored on the shelf for a longer shelf life.
Here's how it ended up...
The pages are regular printer paper that I soaked in hot strong tea, allowed to dry and then ironed.
I have no idea how I will actually use this book. The truth is that I just enjoy making them. I don't want a professional looking book... I want my great grandchildren and great great grandchildren to recognize that this book was hand made by me.. :)
Well, it's now late August and coming quickly to Labor Day weekend. Where does the time go? This has been a relatively mild summer this year with more summer rain than we've had in the last few years. Only one burn ban that I know of this year... and that's amazing.. :)
Hoping your Tuesday is a good one. Here in North Texas the sweet tea is made and the back porch is calling.. .