Archive | June 14, 2008

Yikes…Help!!

So, I DO have a new *really old* weaving loom!

Knowing nothing at all about them, I’m fiddling away trying to figure out how it needs to be put together and whatnot. It’s quite the adventure so far, LOL!

So, first we had this;

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After searching through some pictures of vintage looms on the internet, I’ve gotten this far, so far…

At the least we’ve figured out which side is up 🙂

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It has been stored for 20 years without being used, I’ve learned. I definitely think it needs some restoration before being used…at least some oiling and cleaning…many of the parts are rusted so maybe a fine sandpaper will be useful too?

It came complete with the original agreement (that is is not to be sold and that it is to be used or given to someone who will use it – UNLESS Seneca College reinstated the weaving program…the original agreement was that in that case the looms would all come back to the college) and a book – Home Weaving by Oscar Beriau – 1954 Edition!

A very cool quote from a site I just found…

“Oscar A. Beriau, author, inventor, educational director, advisor and promoter of weaving and handicrafts in Canada beginning in the 1920’s. His book “Home Weaving” (“Tissage Domestique”) is still considered one of the bibles of weaving. Today, over fifty years after his death, weavers and other craftspersons still cherish his books and contributions.”

As it turns out, the loom came from a lady who was a member of the Weavers Guild and who passed it to her son…his wife ended up with the loom and has been storing it – looking for someone who would use it – these past 20 years 🙂 She even offered it to a museum who (lucky for me) did not call back.

I’m feeling pretty fortunate right now!!

I figure I’ll hope for some great tips on what I’m doing and in the meantime I’m going to read through this book…it has so much information on the basics of weaving and looms…for when I’m ‘good’ enough there are even all kinds of things about how to make different fabrics.

Trying Something New…

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I want to make a cabled sock yarn 🙂 It’s something I haven’t tried yet! I’d really like it if I get enough yardage to make something more than socks, like a little shrug or something. That’s why I’m spinning on full bobbins EVEN THOUGH it means winding the first plied ply into a centre pull ball.

I need to figure out what the colours in the next two plies will be. I’m not sure if I should lighten it up by leaning on the pinks/lavendars or if I should go darker with some navy/black/red. I could always even it out with one dark ply and one light. I also have shades of grey which might go very nicely with the pinks.

Choosing colours is the hardest part!

One really cool bit of news! I may be getting a weaving loom 🙂 Long story but as I understand it the lady who has it got it from Seneca College when they discontinued their weaving program and it’s on the condition that it MUST be passed on to someone who will use it. I’ll update on this later when I know whats what…hopefully when I have the lovely thing 🙂 I’m already excited and I don’t know for sure I’ll be getting it, lol.

Have a great day!