Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thanks for all the comments and help.

I wanted to thank you all for being so supportive with my mini-meltdown on the loom. I was a bit nervous on how to attack the cleaning and restoration of it. I plan on blogging about refurbishment of the loom and hope that doesn't bore anyone to death :), but it will be a good record for me or anyone else that may need it, I just have to remember to take before and after shots.

Judy - I love to know that you have looms that have been built to last, 30 years is a lot for equipment but worth it's weight in gold if it still does the job. I don't know how old the loom is but will find out once I get to talking with Macomber.
Geodyn - It's great to hear from you, I did start to breathe and I guess it will be on day at a time, I'll take you up on the web pages once I get it to that point.
Delighted - I can't believe your keep up with my saga while your in GA, I hope your having a great time saw the pics of the kids they look like they're loving grandma and grandpa's visit.
Leigh - There seems to be some controversy on what the loom is, I've gotten Jack and CM. I can't say I don't have a clue, but I know I'm gonna find out. I loved your garden shots made me hungry for fresh veggies in a bit of butter and garlic.
Acorn - All I can say is Amen to that!

Theresa - I agree with you on the heddles, I will save the ones that look good and just order new ones if the rusted ones are beyond help. I just have so many heddles on just as many harnesses it boggles the mind. I've visited Sarah's blog but haven't started pestering her yet since I can't even ask to many questions right now, but she's bookmarked, I appreciate it.
Restless - Thanks for the the recommendation, I didn't think I would have a problem with Sarah, her blog is really informative and I've been looking through it from the point she started. Loads of great info and pics that explain some things. Your right I am missing the strings, there are some attached with staples that were cut off. The reeds are rusty but I plan to get the wire brush to clean them up with some WD40 and then I'll take yarn and pass through each one to get it all cleaned up, sort of like dental flossing them. As for the super hooks I haven't come across them yet, but once I get the milk can empty I might find them there. You are right the heddles are in good shape they are mostly coated with some white dust, once I started cleaning them, they look fantastic and it's one less thing on my to order list.


Delighted Hands said...

Blog friends stick together no matter what.........

Leigh said...

Bety, it's hard to tell from your photos because you are still in the process of setting it up. A countermarche loom will have two sets of lamms, upper and lower. Each treadle has to be tied to both an upper lamm and a lower. A jack loom only has one set.

The jacks on a countermarche loom will be overhead, on a jack loom they are attached to the lamms under the shafts.

When I bought my countermarche loom, I did a blog post comparing it with my jack loom. I don't know if it would be helpful since you have a different make of loom, but the post is here if you want to take a look.

All that aside, you will learn so much about looms and weaving as you figure all this out.

Leigh said...

I should mention that if your shafts are attached to pulleys, then you have a counterbalance loom.

Kimberly said...

The wooden dowel thingy near the lams is to help you when you're doing the tie-up. You use that to press down the lam/shaft so that you can hook into it. Exactly how you do the tie-up will depend on the lams you have. Sarah can help identify that when the time comes.

I'm 99% sure you have a jack loom. From the limited pics you've posted, it looks exactly like my Macomber and mine is definitely a jack. Oh, Sarah's blog has a post about how to identify your loom based on the serial number (you posted a pic of yours) so go back to her blog. I don't think Macomber ever made countermarche looms....

Benita said...

Thank you for saving that loom's life! So many of them get trashed and it's a total shame. You did good, girl!

Judy said...

Please tell us all about restoring your loom. I know I'd love to hear all about it. I love hearing about someone saving a loom!

Anonymous said...

I think your loom is a jack, and Sarah will be a huge help for you! I bought a Macomber CP11 at an estate sale, and she has been so helpful, plus she can provide just about any part you are missing at a very reasonable price. Have a wonderful time getting acquainted with your new loom!

Deb in N TX

Bev said...

The 5th picture down, the piece of metal that is near the floor and on both sides of the frame, is for a long square wooden footrest. You can put it close to the frame, or out a little from the frame, depending on what is comfortable for you. Just put it in the matching "slot" on each side. I can send you pics of mine if you want.

If you need to remove rust that doesn't come off with steel wool, I highly recommend Evapo-Rust. It's water-based, nontoxic and can be used over and over again. Not cheap, but is good for a long time. I found some (1 qt) at my auto store, I think it was Advance Auto. This was recommended to me by some very respected weavers. Does a great job. check this link: