Tag Archives: Contemporary Handweavers of Houston

To Mangle or Not

Mangle

Mangle

A Mangle is a tool that adds beauty to finished Linen items.
Linen that has been mangled is imparted with a sheen that is hard to attain by other methods. In modern society it might be viewed as an item of torture. Non electrified, this mangle requires manual labor, it goes against our modern society. One of the members of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston has loaned this mangle to the Guild membership to use. The mangle was acquired in Sweden needing some tender loving care, which Julie’s  husband provided. Having never used a mangle. I was eager to see the difference that it would make to the appearance of a linen textile. Tracy demonstrated the use of the mangle for our WOW study group. She misted with water the piece to be mangled and ran it several times through the mangle rollers between an upper and lower layer of sheeting fabric.  This look can not be attained by ironing alone. It is best done after washing the linen  item for the first time and air drying ( no machine drying), till slightly damp.  I definitely will attempt to mangle any future linen items I weave.

Houston Handweavers Sale

Scarves and Shawls

Scarves and Shawls

Towels and Bookmarks

Towels and Bookmarks

My items are all tagged and packed ready for check-in at the Houston Handweavers Sale. Today I helped with setting up the sale. It’s amazing how items entered by 40 some members is organized into a beautiful display by a small group of volunteers. Tomorrow when the sale opens the challenge will be to keep that display as beautiful as it was at the end of set-up.

Rodeo Weaving Time

CHH  weaving & spinning demonstrations at rodeo

CHH weaving & spinning demonstrations at rodeo

It’s Houston Livestock and Rodeo time. During the rodeo Contemporary Handweavers of Houston guild members volunteer by demonstrating weaving and spinning. The rodeo created this nice little raised booth for us. School groups come by week days as well as other visitors. We have members demonstrating on weekends also. Questions range from are you knitting, what are you making, how long does it take to set up, or learn, ect.. One man wanted to discuss the mechanics behind different loom designs. For the most part we talk about the process of taking fiber (wool or cotton), spinning it into yarn, then weaving the yarn into cloth. On this day there are 2 weavers and a spinner demonstrating. So what do we do with the fabric that is woven? Make cat toys which will be sold at the guilds annual sale in the fall. If you’re visiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Cotton Booth with small cotton gin, was next to our booth at the rodeo

Cotton Booth with small cotton gin, was next to our booth at rodeo

stop by our booth and talk a spell as we share our craft.