This collection of general purpose tools includes the Fraser Cloth Cutters and Linen Testers. They are all designed to help knitters and weavers increase their productivity and enjoyment of their craft.
These magnifying glasses are designed to help in a number of textile related activities. Weavers can use them to help count the number of picks per inch as they weave to ensure they are maintaining the proper beat. These testers also allow the weaver to check their woven fabric for consistency and errors. For the textile worker or historian, they allow them to analyze unknown fabric to determine as much about it including ends per inch, picks per inch and weave structure. Many weavers carry one with them at all times just in case they come across an interesting textile and want to have a better look at it.
All three magnifying glasses are pictured above (left) ready for use and folded (right) down for storage (click on the pictures to view a larger image). All are shipped in a cardboard box and the Small (C) version also includes a vinyl pouch. The Large (A) and Medium (B) sizes are made of plastic with a single lens system while the small linen tester is made of black lacquered zinc alloy and has a double set of optically ground and polished lenses to increase the magnification. Both the Small (C) and Large (A) sized magnifiers have a base graduated in inches and millimeters to allow easy measurement. The large and medium sized are also large enough to use for general purpose magnifying tasks like threading needles and reading fine print.
|Lens Diameter||4" (10.2 cm)||1 1/2" (4 cm)||1" (2.5 cm)|
(Length x Width x Height)
|Open||6 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
(16.4 x 13.4 x 18.5 cm)
|2 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 3"
(6.7 x 5.6 x 7.4 cm)
|2" x 1 1/2" x 2 1/8"
(4.7 x 3.7 x 5.4 cm)
|Closed||6 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 1 1/2"
(16.4 x 13.4 x 4 cm)
|2 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 5/8"
(6.7 x 5.6 x 1.6 cm)
|2" x 1 1/2" x 1/2"|
(4.7 x 3.7 x 1.4 cm)
The McMorran Balance is used to quickly determine the length of a skein of yarn by calculating the yards/per pound using a small sample piece. The instrument, shown in use in the picture to the right, consists of a clear transparent plexi-glass base with notches at the top to support a pivoting balance beam.
To operate the balance, a small sample of the yarn being tested is hung over the beam at the point where a small notch has been cut out. The yarn is trimmed with a pair of scissors until the beam balances. After this is done, its length is measured and multiplied by a constant value to give the yards/pound of the yarn being tested.
This wonderful precision instrument is used in the textile industry the world over and was designed by H. McMorran a former lecturer in Textile Testing at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, Scotland.
This version of the balance has a plexi-glass top and foam inserts that allow the fragile balance beam to be neatly stored inside the container, cushioned from any damage (see picture at left). The plexi-glass base of the balance is 2 1/4" (5.8 cm) square and 5" (12.6 cm) high. When stored with the lid on, the height of the box is 6 1/8" (15.6 cm).
|MCMORRAN||McMorran Yarn Balance||No Longer
The Fraser 500-1 table-top cloth slitter speeds up the process of cutting cloth into strips for woven, hooked or braided rugs. Its design ensures uniform cutting widths and is capable of cutting multiple cloth strips in one pass of the fabric.
The operation of the machine is simple with the operator inserting the cloth in one end of the cutter and pulling it through as he/she turns the crank. The cutter is well made for years and years of use, weighs 5 pounds (2.26 kg) and is designed to be clamped to any flat surface.
A motorized version of the 500-1 is also available. It plugs into a standard 120 VAC household electrical outlet and a foot control (not shown) is used to switch it on and off and to adjust the speed. The motorized cutter is shown to the left.
Inter-changeable cutting blades can be used with the cloth guide to set the cut cloth strip width from 1/16" (1.59 mm) to 2" (5.08 cm). One cutter blade of the customer's choice along with a wrench for changing the blades are included (see list of blades below). If the preferred blade is not specified on the order a "Number 1 Special" blade will be included. This is the most common blade used by weavers as it allows the width of the cut fabric to be controlled by the unit's cloth guide. Extra blades can be ordered as well as a replacement wrench.
|CUTTER||Fraser Model 500-1 Cutter
(comes with wrench and choice of cutter blade)
|M-CUTTER||Motorized Model 500-1 Cutter
(comes with wrench, choice of cutter blade and foot speed control)
The list below shows the cutter blades currently available for the Fraser 500-1 Cloth Slitter. The Special Blades shown below are equipped with a rubber ring to friction feed the material being cut. These Special blades can also be used in the Fraser Model E cutter.
|# of Strips||Price|
|BLADE1S||# 1 Special||1/2 to 2 inch
(12.7 to 50.8 mm)
|BLADE8S||# 8 Special||1/4 inch
|BLADE9S||# 9 Special||3/8 inch
|BLADE10S||# 10 Special||1/2 inch
Note: Blades with cutting widths ranging from 1/16" (1.59 mm) to 5/16" (7.94 mm) in 1/32" (0.79mm) increments are available by special order from Camilla Valley Farm Weavers' Supply. Most are Regular blades without the rubber ring to automatically feed the cloth and these will also fit the Bliss Model A cutter. Depending upon cutting width these cut from 2 to 6 strips simultaneously. Please contact us for pricing and delivery information.
Three sizes of cones are available for use in yarn cone winders. They can also be used in a wide variety of other crafts or projects including rockets, castles and anything else that requires a cone shape!.
The two sizes shown on the left are made of heavy gauge cardboard and are notched to provide a fast way to start winding the fiber. The left poiunted ones are brand new cones and have not been previously used so they have a uniform size and design. The right cardboard cone is used. These are on an "as available" basis and may differ slightly in appearance (ie. many have a colour band around the top and/or bottom) but all are in functioning condition.
The cones shown on the right side picture are made of durable plastic are available in Red, White and Blue! They are 7 inches tall, about 1 inch wide at the top and 2 inches wide at the bottom. The inside diameter at the bottom is 1 13/16 inches. They have a ribbed surface along their length to keep slippery yarn from sliding, a notch at the bottom to start the yarn and are in great "almost new" condition.
Dimensions for all three cone sizes are shown below. Cones can be stacked for storage and can be re-used over and over again.
As well as winding yarn, some ideas for using the cones include Space Ships, Lighthouses, Christmas Decorations and even to make the towers for a castle project. Some Florists use the cones upside down as holders for wedding bouquets and our cones (with and without yarn) have even appeared on the big screen in the movie Public Enemies with actors Johnny Depp and Christian Bale!
Note: While low in cost, cardboard and plastic cones are fairly heavy. The shipping price is based upon weight and not the price and shipping price per cone is lower as quantities increase!
|Part Number||Description||Dimensions||Condition||Price (each)|
|Height||Top Diameter||Bottom Diameter|
|CONE||Regular Cardboard Cones||7 inches
|2 5/8 inches
|W-CONE||Wide Cardboard Cones||6 3/4 inches
|1 3/8 inches
|2 7/8 inches
|P-CONE-R||Red Plastic Cone||7 inches
|1 1/16 inch
|1 15/16 inches
|P-CONE-W||White Plastic Cone|
|P-CONE-B||Blue Plastic Cone|
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