Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Another thing I had to look forward to was the endfeed shuttle that Carol said was in "my" bench. It had come in with a load of weaving articles from a retiring weaver. I was curious about whether it would match the other shuttle I had purchased just 2 weeks before. Turns out it is the same size, but it takes a different type of pirn. I will be able to pick those up a few at a time, maybe even on ebay at a good price. If not I can still get them from AVL.
In another bag however was a machine with a motor! I could not believe my eyes! It was and electric spinning machine. (I had just seen one in a magazine and wondered what it would be like to use one!) It wasn't until I got home however, and pulled it out of the bag, that I realized that it was a Clemes and Clemes, Electric Spinner. The speed is highly adjustable, and it took me only a couple of minutes to figure out how it works. I oiled it like the instructions indicated, and started to spin.
You can adjust the tension on the drive band by a wing nut located on the right hand side of the motor. The speed is adjusted by a dial in the center. It took a few minutes to figure out what speed I needed to use to spin my usual, but in the end, I figured it out.
An interesting thing about the electric spinner is that, unlike the traditional wheel or spindle, it only goes in the direction you choose it to go in. It might be a good teaching tool. The new spinner could concentrate on just drafting for awhile, and then on treadling for awhile and then combine the two. Just a thought.
I also went by and looked at some treadle sewing machines. I think there were 20 there. I did not get one, but as soon as my knitting machine sells I will get back in touch with the owner, and if she has any left, I will choose one then.
It was a day of surprises, it was fun being back with the gang, and it was also fun finding so many cool things around my loom, I will try to get an idea next week of where it all came from.
I am off to the garden this morning, we got the tomatoes in yesterday. It has been so wet that my neighbor has not been able to get the garden disked for the second time. We were thrilled to see Monday evening when we came home, that it was a blank page just waiting for us to get busy. Today I will put in the first patch of corn, and put the herbs in that I got a couple of days ago.
That is it for now, until next time, Happy Weaving, Spinning, and Gardening, Tina