Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Shuttle Trap

One of things I liked most about my Schacht Baby Wolf loom was the Wolf Trap - the little tray at the front beam that can hold your tools as you weave. I liked it so much, I asked Mike to build one for my new loom. I sewed the sleeve out of some leftover tapestry fabric I had from another project. I need to add one more coat of tung oil to the end pieces, but then the trap should match the finish on the loom perfectly.

I'm still plugging away at settling in to New Sheville. It was decided this week that the extra door in the corner needed to go away. It's not like there is a shortage of entrances around here so loosing one would be a good thing really. Better to do it now before we paint. Good news is I'll eventually be able to add a comfy chair to that corner.

Removing the door actually makes the porch look better. Before there was a cheap, ill-fitting aluminum screen door where the new siding is. It looked out of place next to the original old door. Once it is painted in the spring, you'll never know there was ever a door there to begin with.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Looms for Sale

Every loom has its own unique characteristics making them easier to use than others for certain projects. That is why a lot of weavers have more than one. I love both of these looms, but I really don't have the room for them, so I need to let them go to a new home.

First up is my beloved Loomcraft Floor Loom. 45" weaving width, 4-shaft, 6-treadle comes with a 12 dent reed, raddle, lease sticks, extra metal heddles and updated Texsolve tie ups. She's solid and sturdy enough to make rugs.

Next is the Schact Baby Wolf, 25” weaving width, 4-shaft, 10-treadle, includes 10 and 12 dent reeds, wolf trap, lease sticks, and folds up for storage. 

I am also going to have to sell my Strauch drum carder. I recently tried using it and my shoulders emphatically stated, "Oh, Hell no." 

If any of these things seem like they might look good in a room at  your house, contact me. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Little Help Here

Having an assistant to help warp a loom is a wonderful thing. Unless that assistant happens to be a cat.

"Oh, please. You don't realize how much I'm helping," said Ethel.

"You missed the third thread in shaft five."

"Because you ripped it out with your bare paws," I said sarcastically. 

"I don't think we'll ever get this done if all you want to do is argue about technicalities."

(Some of you will notice I am working on a new-to-me 8-shaft cherry Norwood loom. That means my 4-shaft, 10-treadle Baby Wolf is for sale. Contact me if you are interested.)