Here’s the table loom


So, the estate sale.. As I mentioned I got some books and a table loom.  My bookshelves are so full that I can’t fit my new books in, so I’m selling some that I no longer use or have duplicates of.  I also have a stack of duplicate Handwovens I’ve needed to move out for a long time that I still haven’t listed. Laziness, pure laziness. Back to the estate sale.  The loom is a Studio of Handcrafts 24″ 8 shaft table loom with stand.  I searched the web trying to find pictures or more info and there’s not much out there, so I took several pictures and posted them on Flickr. Hopefully they’ll help someone else. I’d never seen a loom like this before.

Full frontal. Oops, forgot to put the top tray on before taking pictures. And look at that monstrous warp!

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This is what I’d never seen.  The beater bar isn’t hinged at the bottom, nor is it a swinging beater.  It moves back and forth on this metal track.  It always hits the fell at a the same angle.1286

The wood looks great after it got a clean up.  I did have to make a small repair to it. There’s a metal pin that goes through the lamms. I guess the original one got lost as there was a thin cord, almost like electrical wire, used to replace it. The shafts wouldn’t stay in place because the replacement wire wasn’t solid and was bent. We went to the hardware store, bought a new metal rod, and now it’s good to go.

One more picture here. (If you want to see others, you can see the full set here)

The levers for shafts 1, 3, 5, and 7 are on the right side of the loom. The levers for shafts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are on the left side.

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The back beam folds up which will save a little space, though not a whole lot.  The stand is adjustable and folds flat when you aren’t using it. It’s a heavy loom and if I were taking it to a workshop, I’d have to use something to wheel it around.  It handles teeny tiny warps just fine 🙂 I may put my crackler sampler that I will eventually get around to doing on it instead of the floor loom to give it a better run through.

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The pitfalls of windfalls


Thank you everyone for your input on the beginning workshops.  It wouldn’t be me teaching it.  I’m working with someone that is wanting to build her teaching repertoire and we were discussing just how it should be taught.  Unfortunately, we rent a room at a local college and don’t have a permanent space so we can’t extend the hours into a longer class.  While we do have until January to work this all out, it looks like we’ll at least be starting with pre-warped looms.

Last week I took a vacation from work. Tuesday through Monday. Seven glorious days to just relax and enjoy life. On Thursday morning, I went to an estate sale and bought some weaving books. The previous owner had stashed some money away in one of those books and let me tell you, I was doing the happy dance and thinking of the new toys I could buy for myself, and some that The Man could buy for himself.  That night, we ended up taking The Man to the emergency room for some severe stomach pain.  They ran some tests and couldn’t find anything, saying he may have gastroenteritis and he needed to make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.  Yesterday we went to the doctor, and he wants to do an endoscopy tomorrow. He thinks husband may have an ulcer that was caused by bacteria or some such thing.  While we do have insurance, by the time we pay the deductible and the percent of the bills, there goes that found money.

Also yesterday, I noticed one of the sprinkler stations was still running.  It had probably been running since at least the night before.  Long story short, the whole sprinkler system is hosed. Thankfully, it’s the time of year when we actually get some rain once in awhile so fixing it doesn’t have to be done today.

Money in, more money out.  Boo.

Oh, and I also bought a 24″ 8 shaft table loom at the sale.  More on that later.

Beginning weaving workshop opinions?


I’m the workshop planner for our guild this year and want to schedule a workshop for rank beginners, people who’ve never woven or touched a loom before. I’d like to hear some thoughts on beginning weaving workshops.  Keep in mind that the workshop has to fit in a day and a half (about 10 hours total time).

If you took a beginning weaving class, how was it taught? Was it on a rigid heddle loom or multi shaft loom? Did you warp it or was the loom already warped? Do you wish the class had been taught differently? If so,what would be different?

If you teach classes, do you start the student with a pre-warped loom, or do you teach them how to warp from the first step? Which do you find is more successful, or keeps people interested in weaving without them getting discouraged?

Any other thoughts or opinions you’d like to add are welcome.

 

 

January 16


There I go again, just leaving you all on the edge of your seats wondering what I’m up to.  The last few months of the year, I wove quite a bit.  Four scarves (2 for each daughter), 6 (I think) false damask towels, and 4 or so waffle weave towels.  I didn’t get pictures of the scarves before I handed them off to the girls, I only have before-wet-finishing pictures of the waffle weave towels, and the false damask towel pictures are still in the camera. I’d show you pictures but they’re crap – washed out and don’t show the colors well.

I also tried my hand at tying on a new warp to an existing one, and figured out why my Gilmore and I didn’t see eye to eye (the issue was not me :p but I will fix it). I have not hemmed any of the towels yet.

I’ve kind of fallen into a weaving funk, if not just a general winter funk.  I want to weave, I just don’t know what I want to weave.  Everything sounds appealing, yet nothing sounds appealing.  I might be coming out of it though.  On the WeaveTech list, Susan Wilson posted about her new book on Crackle weave being available (click on See What’s Inside to see a couple of pages from the book).  After reading about it, I suggested to the guild librarian that it might be a good book to add to the library, which she did.  And since I suggested it, I got to borrow the book first.  I got it at the meeting on Saturday and after just a few pages in, I’m extremely interested in getting to know this weave better.  I’m anxious to read more and put a learning warp on the loom.  I have The Crackle Weave book by Mary Snyder* in my personal library and have had for quite awhile but I’ve never paid too much attention to it.  Susan’s book, Weave Classic Crackle & More, has detailed pictures – very pretty pictures – that The Crackle Weave book doesn’t and now I see what can actually be done with it. Not that I haven’t seen crackle woven before, I’ve just never taken the time to understand what makes crackle what it is.

Maybe picking a topic and learning about it will get me out of this ho hum blah.

I also took a week off work.  Right now I just hate it. Despite being able to roll out of bed and work in my pj’s, I dread getting up during the week and being chained to my computer.  It’s one thing to spend hours surfing and reading things that are interesting, and something totally different spending hours doing something that is boring the hell out of you. My brain needs a rest. Though I don’t know if studying crackle will be considered a rest or not.

*The Crackle Weave by Mary E. Snyder is no longer in print but you can find the book (I would call it more like a booklet) used pretty cheap.  It’s like a workshop in booklet form.