Friday, September 16, 2016

Turning To Fall

The weather around here is beginning to change with hints of the lovely cooler fall weather yet to come.  Working on a series of fall related towels in cotton and cotlin yarns.

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Lots n' Lots Of Bobbins

Why is it I never have enough shuttle bobbins when I need them?  I love to see the colorful little guys all lined up on my Gilmore loom's overhead tray.  Lots of colorful cotlin to play with.

Playing with all those colorful bobbins lead to this ---

My Shop Supervisors are giving me the "we want to go out" eye.

Jack is starting to fill out a bit and look much healthier.  Pepper is still her same skinny little self, must be all the running she does trying to get her brother to play with her.

Happy Weaving!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hand Made Love and New Beginnings

Yesterday my talented woodworking husband presented me with a new desk for my studio.  He designed and created this mission style desk using quarter sawn oak a bit of swearing and a lot of hard work.   The desk is a true work of love and I am so delighted by this wonderful hand made gift.

A new member was added to our family this last week, his name is Jack.  Jack is an 18 month old Standard Poodle tripod dog.  Jack's right front foot is deformed by a birth injury but that doesn't stop him from running like the wind and playing with his new big sister Pepper.   Jack is a rescue dog who deserved a loving home and family but was never given the chance.  Everything in his life has changed - now he is in his forever home and doing well.  

As you can see Jack was given the typical rescue dog hair cut at the rescue facility.  In time his lovely apricot fur will grow out and he will look more like a Poodle instead of an over grown terrier.

We are in love with this silly boy and are so happy he is part of family.

Welcome Home Jack!

Happy Weaving!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Up And Running

Hester, my new Leclerc Colonial 12 shaft loom is up and running.  

It has been a long road of adjustments, tweaking and figuring out the best way to accomplish various tasks to get my loom ready for weaving.  Hester is a big girl and several tasks I do easily on smaller looms are not as easy to do because of Hester's width.

Started the session by using my warping trapeze to get the warp on the loom and all went smoothly, thank goodness.

Next up was threading, how was I going to get close enough to thread the brand new texsolv heddles?   Decided to remove both the breast beam and the cloth beam and sat "inside" the loom to thread.  Worked like a charm, learned to do this with my Swedish looms and it works well.

Problem three, how and when to tie up the treadles.  Usually I wait to tie up treadles when I have the warp threaded, tensioned and tied up to the front of a loom.  This time I thought I would tie up treadles while I had the breast and cloth beams off the loom thereby giving me enough room to work comfortably.   Have to admit it was strange to tie up treadles before the warp was tensioned.  All went well, although I did have to do a few adjustments (seems I can't count anymore).

 Problem four, the friction brake had to be adjusted so that when I release the brake at the front of loom my warp beam doesn't go crazy and release all my warp to the floor.  After several hours of going back and forth between the front and back of the loom everything is adjusted as it should be.

Properly tensioned warp waiting for the first pick to thrown.  Ah, that moment of truth...have I adjusted everything properly and will this lovely girl weave?   Yes on all fronts! Huzzah, we have a working loom.

Because I am forever looking to make my weaving set up fast and efficient I took off the old very hard to use clips on the end of the treadle springs and added some nice new stainless clips that are a breeze to use.  These will save my thumbs and make attaching treadles easy-peasy.

I have read in several sources that when you hook the treadle springs to the treadles on the Colonial it can make for heavy treading.  I am having no issues, the treadles are responsive and easy to use.  Hurray!

Happy Weaving!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Red Letter Day!

Yesterday was a red letter day for me.   After a lot of buying and selling looms over the last two years in order to make enough money to finally acquire my dream loom the weaving goddess smiled on me.

Meet Hester - a great name offered up from a fellow weaving friend, Theresa.  Hester is a circa 1989 Leclerc Colonial I, 60" 12 shaft / 14 treadle rock maple counterbalance / jack loom.  Bought the loom from a lady in Missouri who had partially set it up 5 years ago and never wove anything with it.  The original owner had purchased the loom and sorry to say passed away before she could ever use it.  Poor Hester sat in a bedroom unused and unloved for many years.

So, I am the very lucky and ever so grateful owner of a brand spankin' new 1989 Leclerc Colonial!  I am beyond the moon happy!!!!

Here are a few beauty shots of my new girl.

Front View 

Look at all those marvelous shafts!

Back view.

Welcome Hester, you have been long awaited.  I can hardly wait to get started on a new project.

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Lease On Life

This post is picture heavy and might not be very interesting to non-weavers.

I bought a 1970's era Toika Lissa that needed some love, so I got to work to bring her back to her former glory.  

Beams and foot rest loom parts badly in need of sanding and refinishing...

Piles of lams, harnesses and treadles needing cleaning and new texsolv.    Note - all the harness bars had to be redrilled on our drill press to make the holes big enough to accept texsolv cord.

Back and front cloth beams with very old and dirty cloth aprons in need of replacement.  You can see the famous blue metal cogs on the beams.  These blue metal parts help to indentify the loom's age.

Post sanding and finishing.  The original 1970's name plate and the addition of a magnet to hold scissors within easy reach.

Looking from under the front beam you can see I replaced the old apron with brand new beam cords. All the texsolv cordage and heddles on this entire loom are brand spankin' new.  

Looking from the back of the loom you can see the treadles have a new addition of toy wheels that we carefully drilled the centers from to fit on the treadle bar.  The wheels keep the treadles separated in half inch increments making treading much easier.  You can also see the harnesses have new texsolv to hang them from the jacks.     I you look closely I added some Glimakra rubber feet to the loom.  Also added Glimakra's shaft holders and pins to make set up much easier on the weaver.

The lovely golden color of the loom's birch wood was discovered under a lot of dirt, grime and duct tape residue.  After sanding and refinishing with Danish Oil and a several coats of feed and wax the loom is smooth and beautiful again.

After almost two weeks of hard work I have a completely restored this 50" Toika Lissa - she has 10 shafts, 12 treadles and has room in the jack box to make her into a 12 harness loom.

Happy Weaving!

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