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A Little Loom Repair

Floor looms are pretty tough pieces of equipment.  Discounting the occational tree crashing through your roof or putting your loom out in the weather, they generally withstand years and years of use with almost no repairs needed.  A metal heddle can get bent as you are threading the warp or the treadle tie-up may get dislodged or fray and break but generally not much more than that.  A regular dusting and some oil on the moving parts is pretty much it. Late Saturday afternoon I was happily weaving on my Louet computer controlled loom when there was a snap and the treadle came loose from the controls.  The harnesses fell into their lower position and all weaving stopped.  I looked...

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Weaving into 2017

All my looms are dressed and ready for the new year.  Here's what's going on. The big computer controlled loom is full of cashmere scarves.  I had planned to have them all woven off by the weaver's guild fall sale back in November but that didn't happen.  I've finished the first scarf and am weaving on the second now. Both these first two are woven with 100% cashmere.  They will be very soft and elegant.  The rest of the warp will be woven in a yarn that's 58% cashmere and 42% linen.  Those scarves will be soft but not quite as soft as the first two although more sturdy.  All the scarves are woven on a warp that's 50% fine...

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Weaving - Part 2

I've already talked about the planning and preparation for a weaving project. That's the part where you decide what you want to make, how you want to make it, how much of it you want to make and then you get the loom ready to weave. The weaving part of the process is the most fun for me. The process in it's simplest form is tromp on the treadle, throw the shuttle, beat the beater. It's a wonderful three part dance that involves your feet, your hands and your whole body in the process of creating fabric. It's wonderful. The yarn you weave with, the yarn that goes back and forth in front of you as you sit at the...

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Weaving - Part 1

My high school graduating class had its 50th reunion this past summer. I did not attend but I did enjoy looking through the pictures that were posted on our class FaceBook page. Included among the pictures was one of Barb Burghardt who was a close friend of mine during those horrible high school years so long ago. Barb and I totally lost touch when we went off to college and we hadn't been in contact for the last 50 years. I emailed her to find out how she enjoyed the reunion and we have been trading notes ever since. In those emails I have talked about weaving, since it's one of the things I love most about my current life....

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Hello World!

Hello World!   We have been out of touch this week.  No internet to let me get online and update the products on the website or to write a blog.  This is the one part of living out in the county I hate.  Peggy has wonderful consistent internet at her house.  So does my son. They live in town.  My daughter lives out in the country like I do and her internet in just as intermittent as mine.  I don't want to move back into town, at least not till I'm incapable of living out here, but the lousy internet is really annoying. I don't' understand how we can get continue to get email but not get to a website.  One...

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