"At this time" (instead of saying never), I don't plan on processing rag strips this way ever again.
Once I wove using "processed" rags strips when I took the double weave class from Juanita, I realized there was more than just taking scissors to rag strips to cut them down, wind, and weave. After cutting, there is "folding in half" to allow the print to show on both sides of the strip. I thought they had to be ironed (because of the seemingly nicely pressed ones at Juanita's), so prior to receiving my Fraser Rag Cutter, and not having to cut the rags on my 1st coil, I set up another "work station" to iron the rag strips. It wasn't a grueling job, but you can imagine how time consuming it was to iron the entire length on that coil! LOL Do I feel somewhat silly now? Yep!
Although........it does make a really, really nice rag strip to weave with....... ;)
Thank you Juanita (http://sites.google.com/site/vavningstudio/juanita)and Karen (http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/)for some "tips" on preparation and weaving with rag strips. :)
Juanita suggested I fold the strip, then wind it into a ball, as seen below. The pressure on the strip should be enough to hold that fold, which in most cases, it did. I do believe that next time I will wrap the strip around a flat piece of cardboard though, instead of winding into a ball. I "fumbled the ball" too many times to count.......
Karen suggested I fold the strip while winding it onto the shuttle, which also worked well, but, I have to admit, neither way was as easy to weave with as my original ironed ones.
So back to the beginning and "at this time"........I don't plan on ever ironing rag strips again, but "if" I need something to do to kill time......like perhaps waiting for a special yarn to arrive in the mail, I now know what I can do to fill that time. ;)