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In October we went to Vävhalla outside Ystad to brush weaves. Kerstin Persson, who also has a "vävstuga" (teaching studio?), had allowed us to come and take part in the brushing ourselves. Normally the blankets are sent for her to process.
The machine is an old industrial brushing machine. Modern machines are generally much more sophisticated, they can bruch both sides in one operation. This one needs more manual work.
We had been told to machine-wash our blankets on the wool setting, to sew on a ca yard-long cotton length at each end, and to bring the blankes wet.
The principle can be seen at right: A is the big roller that holds the teasles. It only rotates in one direction. The two smaller rollers B can rotate in both directions: the web is mounted on a plank attached to the upper beam, is rolled onto it, the other end is mounted on the lower roller. The two rollers C regulate the surface of the web that is in contact with A.
Roller A is started, the web is drawn down and is rolled onto the lower beam B. The direction is revesed, and the web is transferred to the upper roller B. This is continued "until done" (2-3 passages).
To brush the other side the web has to be taken down and re-mounted with the other surface innermost.
Older machines always had natural teasels. They are mounted with the rows offset, to prevent making un-brushed areas.
Modern industry is commonly using steel carders in the brushing machines. Steel carders are more hard-wearing, but are also harder on the webs.
Here at Vävhalla they are using natural teasels, imported from Spain.

Liane's blanket is mounted...

...and transferred to the upper beam.
From the back of the machine: the banket on its way down. Kerstin and Marianne had a sample: cotton warp and several yarns in a double-sided structure. (See januari '05 - not translated, but has a draw-down)
Look at the transformation: to the left Liane's, to the right Elsa's, both with only one side brushed.
Nice weather, nice view... on the 8th of October!