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!
Back to the looms.
Please visit my Etsy shop -- Thistle Rose Weaving by clicking here: