This week I spun using what I thought was Seine twine as my brake band and it worked spectacularly! But with a little more digging and picking apart the twine, I discovered it’s 8/4 cotton rug warp not Seine twine. I’ve ordered some Seine twine for my experiments.
This 4-ply cotton warp is not mercerized and tightly twisted. It’s also thinner than the chalk line I was using before, the warp is 18 wpi and the chalk line is 14 wpi. The combination of the tighter twist and that it’s unmercerized made it grabby which I liked.
I was talking to Beth Smith about brake band materials and she said she doesn’t like a grabby material for her brake bands. Hmmmm, why could it work for me and not for her? It could just be a matter of preference, but I thought maybe it had to do with our wheels, more specifically our bobbins.
I’ve been spinning on a Lendrum and Beth has been spinning on a Schacht. I looked at the bobbins and sure enough they are different, their finish is different. The Schacht bobbins are treated with oil only, which soaks all the way into the wood leaving them matte and not slippery. The Lendrum bobbins are varnished all the way down into the groove, making them shiny and slipperier. So it makes complete sense that I would like a brake band that grabs since my bobbin is slipperier than a Schacht. I love figuring things out!
Of course this means I’ll have to try all of the different brake bands on my Schacht too.
What have you figured out in your spinning this week?