No, I don’t mean the 1987 movie starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, but rather my 1950’s mangle iron. It’s big:
and as the name suggests, it’s
Lift the cover, and it looks like this:
A heating element with dual temperature controls sits behind the large roller. Turn on the switch, the roller begins to turn and the element comes down, ironing whatever rolls past it. I have found this iron to be most useful in pressing my handwoven items, especially when doing several items, like the dish towels mentioned in my previous post.
I have finally finished a set of dish towels that I wove two, maybe three years ago. What was the delay? The fear of cutting into perfectly good fabric and having it all fall apart before my eyes.
On The Loom
However, yards of fabric just sitting on a shelf is of no use either, so out came the sewing machine and scissors and I went to work, and they did not fall apart.
I pinned and pressed all the hems, sewed them all by hand (a process that I quite enjoy actually), threw them in the washer and dryer, and they did not fall apart.
At my Saturday sit ‘n knit I was working on the hems, someone asked if she could by one, that felt great.
The draft for these towels is from Best of Handwoven: Top Ten Towels on Four Shafts. Although the pattern draft indicates the pattern be woven at 20 epi, I believe I wove mine at 24 (2 per dent in a 12-dent reed). Towels were woven with Venne Organic Cotton in Natural and Peacock.