Preparations for my next block printing project…

2018-03-07 - Racaire - ironing for block printing project - medieval block print - SCA - Kingdom of Meridies

After taking a look at the beautiful yellow and blue raw silk fabric which I wanted to use for my next block printing project, I realized that the pre-washed fabric wasn’t as smooth as I liked it to be.

Well, after all this years of minimal use of the ironing board and the iron, I had to admit to myself that this lovely time had to come to an end. I had to iron my fabric for my project and I definitely didn’t enjoy the thought of it.

As my ironing board and the iron which I had at hand didn’t work properly, I not only had to face the hated ironing itself but also the replacement of my old ironing board and the iron I had. After some weeks of research I finally found out that – odd enough – the best and cheapest ironing boards could be found at Walmart and Amazon had the best selection on irons.

Therefore, one early morning when sleep evaded me after just 4hours and I was absolutely not in the mood of socializing with my husband, I took the car on a ironing-board-quest to Walmart. I wouldn’t say that Walmart had a really big assortment of boards. However, it still took me nearly a half hour to decide between two possible boards. Finally I gave up and decided to take the slightly shorter (than the really long board) but nicely wide ironing board from Better Homes & gardens as well as a replacement cover. Well, you know – better safe than sorry! Who knows how long they carry this certain extra wide variety.

After all the struggle to decide concerning the ironing board I had no illusions how big the struggle would be to order a proper iron for myself. I knew one thing – I had loved the iron which I used in Europe a lot and if I could – another “Rowenta” iron would be definitely my first choice. And thankfully enough, Amazon had not many Rowenta irons for sale which made it easy enough to read through all descriptions and to make my choice. And here it is – my new Rowenta iron:

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2018-03-07 – Racaire – ironing for block printing project – medieval block print – SCA – Kingdom of Meridies

Yeah, I know, my happiness is overwhelming as I still have to iron a lot of fabric. However, I have a good ironing board now and an even greater Rowenta iron. Yeah, it’s good to feel the extra weight in my hand as it makes ironing the fabric so much easier…

Rowenta DW5080 Focus
1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate
with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Brown

But now off to the not so pleasant preparation for my next block printing project. The sooner I start, the faster I can get it done… 😉

Best regards Racaire

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