When we talk of “Bale”, this means the bales of hay that are produced. Baling twines are made from the braided hair of young seedlings grown in large grain fields, such as in Australia. The bales are then piled up to several stories high, secured with barnacles and wooden planks and used as hay. This process has been going on for centuries.
The basic procedure is as follows. First, the bales are put in a large vat or tub filled with water and laterally arranged in rows. Next, a thin string of bales is tied across the centre of the row, and this is called a baling twine. Baling twines can also be tied horizontally to each other or even vertically.
The baling twines are then drawn through individual strands of yarn and braided into tight coils. The resulting tight coils are known as tow strings. Once these two strings are connected, they are bundled together in what is known as a baling twine treated yarn. Depending on the need, these treated strands are further bundled into strings ranging from one inch to one and a half feet.
With this baling twine treated yarn, manufacturers can now recycle yarn, which would otherwise be wasted. This is why horse breeders have been using this technique for quite some time. During harvest season, the strings of bales are separated into groups, cleaned thoroughly and then re-strung for the horse to use. The entire process produces enough bales for about ten to twelve horses. These baling twine-treated bales can then be sold to recyclers at affordable prices.
A bale is simply a bunch of interwoven, braided strands of yarn. The term ‘bale’ itself refers to the whole unit, consisting of a bunch of braided strands. This makes the bale quite large – comparable to the size of a dinner plate. Horse breeders usually send out bales in bulk by tying each bale separately with a special slip knot. However, many horse owners like to form their custom-made baling.
The first step is to gather good quality bales, preferably from local horse owners, to make baling. Please make sure the bales are not damp; they should be dry. Next, tie each bale loosely. If the number of strands per square inch is less than two, use two strands of different colours. Remember always to sew the bale closed – do not leave gaps in between.
To bind the bales together, take an end of the bale and tie it in a simple slip knot. Use the other end of the rope to hold the bale steady. As you tighten the slip knot, pull the loose twine through the bale and secure it with another slip knot. If you have not attached the loose end of the bale, tie it up securely using another slip knot. You may have to add a couple more strands of the braided twine to help hold the bale steady.
Bring both ends of the bale together and tie them securely. Pull on the ropes until they are tight but not too tight. Once you have done this, take both ends of the baling twine and tie them in another secure knot, and now you have one solid bale to secure. Tighten the first knot as much as possible, and then tie the second knot holding it securely, making sure that it is securely tight. And there you go-you’ve just made a beautiful quilt!
To finish your quilt, bring the two ends of the baling twine together again and make several strands of these strands by pulling on both ends. These strands are going to wind around the barbs of your western saddle, and these strands will secure the hammock in place and make a perfect pillow for your horse. Western saddle blankets often have these hammocks built right into them, but they can also be purchased separately. Either way, once you’ve hung your saddle on the hammock, you’re ready to start enjoying your comfortable ride!