A Day in the Life of Looms, 2013

January 1, 2013

Once again, Meg hosts a New Year’s peek at a bunch of people’s looms!

Here are my contributions.

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Heddles:

I counted, bundled and washed these loom-components yesterday because they stank the with stink of the former owner’s sprayable de-stinkifier.  I don’t really believe in washing heddles, but let me tell you, I had no choice.  They are drying on the sewing machine table out of the reach of the cat.

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Above center: Varpapuu Kothe Nordia 8-shaft table loom with cracked floor stand, circa 1970’s, 31.5 inch weaving width . . .

. . . which is still recovering from it’s de-stinkifying ordeal by soap and water.  Those cute Finnish shuttles on the sewing machine table came with the loom as well.  Also the plastic bed-lifters.  Ah, craigslist!  I bought it the day before yesterday, now all that’s left to do is to put the shafts back together and string ‘er up.

Above right: Bergman 8-shaft countermarche.

Also known as the moveable hat shelf, as you will notice it has moved from one side of the room to the other since last January.  2012 was a year of pain and illness.  My back is not improving.  I can’t treadle this loom unless it does.

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Standing inkle and Pysslingen 4-shaft table looms:

The standing inkle loom has another 20/1 linen band on it.  I made three others in 2012, maybe I will blog about them some time.

The Glimåkra table loom of last year is still incomplete.  It turned out to be surprisingly hard to find the right size of lumber for Pysslingen heddle bars, for so many reasons.  After a failure with warpy oak I scrounged the last straight pieces of some clear Douglas fir at a restoration millwork place and made the bars.  That is where I stalled out: my next step is making a jig to accomplish the precision drilling to add the hardware to the bars, and you know what?  I don’t really like to fix looms.  I’m tired of it.  I would rather weave.  That is why I decided to get the Varpapuu.  Plus, the price was right.  Plus, it has eight shafts instead of four.  And it’s wider.  And deeper.  I do still plan on finishing making the Glimåkra heddle bars, just not right away.

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Today I de-rusted my warping reel and planned my first warp for the Varpapuu.  Tomorrow I will wind it and beam it.

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12 Responses to “A Day in the Life of Looms, 2013”

  1. MegWeaves Says:

    A new loom for the new year, this is so exciting. Congratulations and I hope you have a wonderful time with your first warp. And a few more in the coming year!


  2. The 8-shaft Varpapuu looks beautiful! It’s great that you have found a way to keep weaving. I know what you mean about the Bergman being a hatrack — it’s happened to both of mine. I have a feeling 2013 will be a good year for weaving.

  3. Cally Says:

    How fantastic that you will be able to get weaving again. Yay!

  4. Dot Says:

    Best wishes for the New Year and the new loom! Maybe we will both manage more weaving in 2013.

  5. Louisa Says:

    Lotsa work to get everything functioning, eh, including yourself! Managing more weaving? Sounds good! My looms are nekkid at the moment too. But I have plans…

  6. Deanna Says:

    Keep weaving and enjoy the new loom. My Bergman still sits an unfinished loom and functioning hat stand.
    I started teaching at a new weaving studio and my problem is 8 partially or non-functioning floor looms. I want the looms to be done and working….! I understand your feelings.

    • trapunto Says:

      Good luck on your teaching. What sucks me in is how most looms do offer an unusually worthwhile and lasting reward proportional to the labor of refurbishing. . . but it can start feel a bit like being an unappreciated charity worker. Only time for so much in life.


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