I am almost done weaving a 10 yard warp of napkins on my new-to-me Ideal and I feel like I have finally found the perfect Glimakra countermarch loom for me.
After owning two really lovely large Standards and selling both of them because no matter what I did my back gave me fits while weaving on them. I believe it was the height of the breast beam that was driving my back crazy. I tried different benches, lowering the treadles, raising the treadles, you name it I tried it and it was all to no avail. Sold both looms and cried each time one of them left the studio to go to another weaver.
Well, by George I really think I finally found the perfect fit. The Ideal's lower breast beam makes all the difference, I can weave in comfort.
So far the only thing that I really miss about the bigger Standards is the "door way" to access tie ups.
Wondering if there is some way to tie up the lams that is easier? I have no problem with tying up the treadles. Reaching the lams is a pain in the butt! Trying to think of way to tie them up top side instead of under the lamm. I will work on that idea on the next warp.
Happy Dance, the Ideal really is a gem. Glimakra really should bring this loom back to the market. Just sayin'
Pay no attention to the mess under the loom, lets just say there are a lot of cords and misc. tie up stuff to put away when I am done weaving. In case you are wondering the purple brick thing is for doing Yoga which means it never gets used around here. Instead, I use the Yoga brick to rest my left foot on while I weave, works so much better than the built in foot rest.
Partial view of the napkin warp in progress.
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