Friday, August 5, 2011

The Village Looms

They are Union rug looms. The first one has some serious rust issues going on. I think I’ll set this one up for display only unless I can find somewhere to buy a new reed.
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The other one is in much more usable condition. But it is shoved into a corner. It weighs a ton so my weenie muscles can’t move it. I’ll have to convince a few strong men to move it for me.
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Because of that I didn’t get any warping done today but I did fix the spinning wheel while I was there. Amazing how much better they work with a drive band.
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I didn’t accomplish much but I at least know what we need to get started. There are no tools at all other than the looms so I’ll need to track down a warping board and shuttle. If anyone local knows where we can get some cheap (or better yet free) let me know.
Speaking of free…
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I’ve never been one to pass up a free elephant. This one is, um, a bit of a fixer upper. I’m not even sure all the parts are there. No manual. No pictures of what it should look like on the interwebs.
It might just be a fancy looking pile of kindling.
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But with any luck, I’ll be making rugs like those in the Governor’s house someday before I die.
If not, the Governor had a lovely quilt I could copy instead…
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Edited to add:
We’re getting there.

But does anyone know where this thing goes?

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Edited to add again: 
Nevermind, I figured it out. It’s the break! Woo hoo! I got this sucker together!

15 comments:

Christine said...

I seem to have an extra part. Hmmm...

clairz said...

Just think, when you've got this stuff all figured out, you'll have a unique skill set, for sure.

I learned one thing from warping looms, and it has been a handy life lesson: Any tiny error you make in the threading will come back to haunt you a hundred fold if you try to ignore it, so you might as well fix it right from the start.

No idea about that extra part, though...

Michelle said...

You're a goner.... (-;

Snappy Di said...

Have you spoken with HIllary at Crazy As A Loom blog? She's a pro at loom stuff.

YarnKettle said...

Wow you must be quite a good puzzle solver! Hope it turns out OK for you. And that you enjoy it of course.

Karen Anne said...

You need a friend with OCD. Show her the loom, come back later :-)

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Does this mean you have a loom?! OH happy day! Can't wait to see your weaving projects.

kim

Christine said...

Yes, I have a loom. Still needs some work though, new reeds & heddles, etc.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Pick up a copy of "the Chandler book". Cute loom. If texsolve heddles will work, they are easy and lightweight. You can make a warping board easily or a set of warping pegs even easier. I think you are all set :-). I'm getting ready to warp up some dishtowels next week, so if you want to come down and watch/help, you are welcome.

Christine said...

I think the texsolve heddles will work. Or I hope so. Geez, I'd LOVE to come down but life is crazy here as usual.

Christine said...

Oh, and yes I have the book.

Penny said...

I'll bring my Kromski Harp to Retreat and you can help me warp it .. since you're the pro. ;^)

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Warping is what does me in every time! There must be a secret to it...yay for you, it's a good heart that holds onto the old things instead of turning them into kindling!

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Wow, I love your looms! I have 3 looms myself, but not all as large as yours. I have a rigid heddle, a table loom and a floor loom (4 harness). Unfortunately, I don't know how to use them yet, but I know I will love weaving when I finally find time to figure it out, which is why I kept buying them. That makes me a bit of an oddball I suppose. Hmmm...no news there! Will be excited to watch your progress. I need to learn to warp...

indium said...

good luck for you.