Some of you know the trials of the loom that was given me by a generous friend once the brake broke, and we were never able to get it right again. The Allen Folding Loom had shown me many things about weaving not the least being that with my troubled warping – sectional was the way for me.
But alas despite the wonders of sectional, the ease of counterbalance, my eyes were casting about for a new loom that could do more and had a wonderful working brake. So one day I just pointed out to Mark that there was this loom for sale. Wonder of wonders, he said I could check it out but alas and alack it was sold already. But that did put the bee in the bonnet and Mark started looking for looms all over the internet and finding all the for sale pages out there.
So he found a Glimakra Standard and bought it. Wish I had a picture of how it arrived at our house but alas the picture taking didn’t come till later. Mark started immediately putting it together. And soon we had a frame up in my studio (such a big word for taking over the upstairs den).
Wow, wasn’t this getting exciting. I forget where I went this particular night (probably a guild meeting somewhere) but I left Mark at this point with all the shafts, lamms, and treadles in a bundled mess of the original tie cords all wrapped around it all as the last tie up had been. Quite the mess that he was going to leave for me to sort.
Alas Mark couldn’t leave it alone and did start on it. He put the jacks and their case up on top and then started working out each string and piece. By the time I got home the pieces were all where they belonged and looking beautiful.
We did order the Texsolv tie-up and heddles so soon had these strings all taken out and new ones threaded in. It was looking exciting and I was soon putting on a short warp to use to get everything organized and in its place to begin weaving.
Boy, was it fun to get to sit inside the loom and thread the heddles. No leaning over a back beam or stretching out. Everything could be set at a comfortable level and away we went.
Now this next picture shows how I don’t worry how I dress at home. Whatever is easiest to grab and put on is what happens. So ignore the fact that the shirt and skirt totally don’t go together. Alas they do wear together well but if anyone is worried – no I do not leave the house like this but when husbands grab cameras you can get caught in such a state.
How marvelous it was to be at it though this first bit didn’t seem very good at all so it was back to the drawing board to organize and see what needed fixed. Then it was at it again with a new thread and I do love what is happening now.
All is not perfect yet and as soon as I finish writing this it will be back to change the height of the shafts but I think I do understand it all now, and we will be in business to fly through this short warp and go on the next warp in the queue.