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« on: August 24, 2006 12:35:13 PM »

I have been looking all over this area and in the spinning area for a post on a recipe for making a gelatin coating for handspun yarns to make them less likely to fray and break on a loom (I have a rigid heddle). I was almost sure it was on Craftsters, but I can't find it anywhere now!! Am I losing my MIND?? Huh I tried the search too, but no luck.

Anybody with any ideas on where this info may be? Pleez?
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2006 05:58:50 PM »

I think it was mentioned in the "horrible warp" thread... I *think* it uses the plain unflavored gelatin you find in grocery and health food stores and water...

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2006 06:25:53 AM »

Oh for cryin' out loud!! You're right--it was right there Shocked I'll print it out this time Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2006 06:32:42 AM »

I have days like that too, (wry smile) don't worry about it..

Mieka
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2006 02:38:43 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2006 06:53:53 AM »

Mikai,

Have you ever used plain ole' starch to keep yarn from fraying on the loom? I'm thinking about the stuff I've seen in big jugs at the grocery store, not the spray on kind. Would that work do ya think??
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2006 03:30:51 PM »

It might, It would make things rather stiff though, maybe to stiff (as in brittle) definatly wouldn't be fun for you hands. (in my limited experiance gelatain is less harsh on the hands when working)

But it might work.  I think we need a more experiance weaver to chime in.

Mieka
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2006 05:32:51 AM »

Hmm...maybe I'll try a little bit of yarn to see what happens. I could also water the starch down some if it seems to make the warp too stiff. Anyone with more opinions is welcome!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2006 08:50:45 AM »

What you need to use is flax seed.  You soak and boil the flax seed until it makes a glue-ish type of liquid.  It is about the same thickness as liquid starch but it is much better for the yarn.  This has been used for centuries as the warp strengthener.

Boil your flax in water (sorry, no research has told me how many seeds per amount of water - you will have to try this on your own - just get it sticky). Then soak your yarn in cooled flax water, hang it to dry and there you go -- better than gelatin and better than starch.  It washes out wonderfully.

Good luck!
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2006 11:13:01 AM »

Ahh, yeah, well... Call me lazy, but I'm probably not gonna cook up any flax seeds Tongue Not sure where I would even get any. Thanks for the suggestion though Smiley
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