Toika Metal Stretcher - Large Blue - 120-190 cm
Toika Large Blue Stretcher 120-190 cm
Stretchers or Temples as they are often called help keep your weaving width true, the draw in consistent and protect the edge warp threads. They are widely used by Scandinavian Weavers on most warps but are considered vital for weaving linen or rugs. Toika Stretchers are exceptionally strong as they are made from steel. They are also much narrower and stronger than than wooden stretchers; the narrower width means much less of your cloth is covered. If you lose the pin covers or ever wear out the pins replacements are easily available and kept in stock. Set the stretcher width at the reed, not at the fell of the cloth. Set the width before you start weaving. You will need to weave a few centimetres of cloth so there is somewhere to attach the stretcher. Keep the stretcher close to the fell of the cloth. Remember to move the stretcher regularly so it stays close to the fell. I have read both that you should leave the stretcher in place when you finish a weaving session and also that you should remove it at the end of a weaving session. The choice is yours, i always remove mine. If you do the latter make a note of which hole you had used to set the width so if the stretcher is adjusted whilst removed from the cloth you will be sure it is put back at the correct width you set when you next start weaving. Don't weave too close to your beater, it's always good practise to wind your weaving on regularly but if you forget the pins may scratch your beater! Be mindful of the pins when handling the stretcher both on and off the cloth, the pins are VERY sharp! Don't worry about the holes made by the pins, they will disappear as your cloth winds around the cloth beam and will also close up during wet finishing.
|Country of Manufacture||Finland (FI)|
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