I enrolled in Rebecca Mezoff’s Little Looms course, and then had to obtain a little loom to take advantage of the course, lol. I tried to order a Hokett Loom from Woolery but ran into stock problems, one 10 day wait I can handle but when the items from the first wait came in they were sold out of something else in my order and wanted me to wait another 10 days! That wasn’t going to work for me so I cancelled the entire order and picked up a Stash Blaster from another source.
I decided to warp this with some soft cotton twine I had lying around to see what it would do, unfortunately with the yarn I decided to use the results are closer to a balanced weave than a tapestry weave. Oh well, it is really pretty and a good first try so I will finish my mug rug and try for a tapestry next time.
I cannot believe it! The loom is almost finished! For Reference, this is what the loom looked like when I started:
This is what the loom looks like now:
I still have some work to do with the pedals, the two furthest to the right do not seem to want to work right. It is amazing what a little hard work, primer, yellow paint, and Feed n’ Wax will do for a piece of furniture. Please note, I did paint the heddle rods inside each frame, I did not prime these pieces. That was a big mistake. I think it is simply the fact that I did not add primer and that the heddles are metal, but the paint has been flaking and chipping since I began putting the heddles back on. I believe now that they are on the rods the chipping will slow down, but it is something to be aware of.
Since this began life as a therapy loom there are weights on top of each heddle frame, I will not be keeping them there but I did want them painted to match the loom. I am so very excited to see the loom this close to being done, I have a semi-gloss topcoat that I will be putting on…well I intended to get it done soon but Mom is so excited to see what this device can do the final gloss might wait for the colder months!
It has been a while since I have had time to craft and therefor post about crafting. Life does take funny turns, good and bad often intertwining until you are not certain which way to look. I have completed my second piece on my rigid heddle loom, but have no pictures yet. It was an experiment in selvedges, beating, and color. I have not had an opportunity to wash the piece so once it is finished by washing and drying I will declare it a success or failure, probably a scarf really!
The bad, mom is going to need surgery and they consider her a high risk candidate. We will do everything we can to keep her as long as she retains a good quality of life. Prayer is about all that will help. The good is a student going to the community college I work at had a large metal Jack Floor Loom she was not certain of what she was going to do with. Upon hearing of my interest in weaving she offered me that loom in addition to a rigid heddle loom. The rigid heddle loom is beautiful it needed a front apron bar and probably a new heddle. I am very excited to have received this loom. I am in awe of my floor loom. I will confess, I am very dismayed at the state. It could be a lot worse and there is a basic frame to work with but it needs a lot of work before I would consider putting my clean yarn on it. Especially if you consider how long it takes to warp a loom, there is no point in warping on a dirty loom.
It was a physical therapy loom created by the G.E. Miller Inc. company out of Yonkers, NY. They are still in existence today though I do not think they make looms any longer (I plan on calling or e-mailing to find out). Here are a few shots of what my loom looks like now, I meant to get some of it assembled but I was so excited to get started I forgot and had disassembled the heddles before I remembered. You can see the loom, the paint is rustier in person; the heddle frames. The heddles and their rusted shafts in a bucket with my work gloves, and the identifier sticker on the reed frame. It looks good in the pictures and fortunately the basic structure is sound. I look forward to getting it in perfect order again though it will take a ton of work.
Since we spoke last, I purchased an Ashford Inklette loom from Woolery. I found the service to be excellent and I adore the product I received. You can see my progression of weaving from right to left, the right being my first efforts. It looks good in the photo, but I had way too much weft showing and the weave wound up very loose and large compared to what inkle weaving is ‘supposed’ to look like. After that my second effort started the same way but I got the hang of it by the end of that piece. I’ve been having a ton of fun with the different lengths and widths I can get with this loom. If you want to get into weaving I really suggest starting with the Inkle loom!