I was recently gifted a Union counter balance loom with 2 harnesses. The loom is slightly dismanteled, so I have the opportunity to clean, reassemble, and oil all of the loom before I get started. This will be a great way to get to know my new loom. The loom came with a steel reed, which was already slightly rusted. Since the weaving width is 40″, and I would like to weave sometime this winter on this loom, I decided to price and purchase a stainless steel reed. This type of reed does not rust and can be cut down to size relatively easily (there is a store in town that will do this for me for free).
I was originally planning on obtaining this from Woolery in addition to the spinning wheel maintenance tools I will need for my spinning class in October. Fortunately for me, I also checked on Paradise Fibers, They had the reed that I need, a little shorter than I planned but that will work out well, as well as a coupon. For orders over $170 they would give you $30 off. Since the reed itself was $140 this means that I was able to get a second 10 dent heddle for my Ashford Sample-it loom. This means that for $3 (the heddle was originally $33) I will be able to experiment with 2 heddle patterns, and doubleweave, on my rigid heddle loom. Admittedly, while I was purchasing that I went a little overboard.
I Obtained the spinning supplies I am going to need, a 50th anniversary shuttle, and carpet warp from Woolery. Since I am going back onto a 6 day a week work schedule, 10PM 3 nights a week, I would like to have my ‘entertainments’ up and ready to go as soon as possible. My handyman is still working on getting the paneling up in my studio, so he is going to have to work around my new loom now. I hope by time the days start to get shorter I will have my new loom, and my older floor loom, warped up for making rugs. My older, gifted, floor loom is entirely metal and a 4 shaft loom originally used for therapy. 2-3 years ago I spent the entire summer scraping, scrubbing, oiling, and repainting this loom. It still looks a bit scruffy, however I managed to get all of the moving parts ready to go.
Once my studio is paneled my Handyman has offered to haul my metal loom over there, and I will take the time to completely go over it one more time. I believe that each of these looms have an average of 2 yards loom waste (so much yardage) so in order to create even a 1 yard rug I will need to plan on a 3 yard warp. Cones of warp are about $8 for 800 yards (sounds like a lot right) for the 40′ loom at 10 epi that is 400 yards. Oops, 2 yards loom waste, so 800 yards covers the loom waste. So for me to weave anything I will need at least 2 cones of warp. I know, I do not have to weave the entire width, however I would like to see what the results would be. $16 for a rug really is not that expensive. I believe that I have plenty of fabric for the weft, no worries about that.
The plans above are actually for the new 2 shaft loom since I know what the weaving width is off-hand. I will need to re-measure the weaving width of the metal loom to see where it falls and plan a warp for that loom as well. There are many more exciting patterns available for the 4 shaft loom, I would like to see what an undulating twill will look like woven as a rug. I do still have my cotton scarf on my rigid heddle loom, my bamboo scarf on the guild’s table loom, and my kitchen towels on my little table loom. These are presently in my studio underneath the house, I do not believe I will move them into the garage, however I may change my mind. The last loom that I will need to make a decision about is my 16 shaft loom. I am seriously thinking about moving my kitchen table out to the new studio, warping the 16 shaft loom with my cotton-linen yarn, and knocking out some amazingly patterned curtains for the kitchen. Again that is going to have to wait until the paneling is up, however I hope that will be very soon.
Well, all of this weaving talk has left me excited to get started!
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