Wednesday, August 04, 2010


I finished counting, cleaning, and putting the harnesses back on the castle last night, it was cloudy and a bit cooler than the scorching 99* we had during the day. I also emptied out the milk can and found that I have three lease stick pairs all tied together with shoe laces that I thought under the dust were leather straps. One is the size of the loom 40" the other two are 30", one being homemade from yard sticks. I have a bunch of yard sticks that I can only imagine Peggy used for warp tension. I think it's a great idea and kept them to see how that works out for me. I got rid of the all the small and broken pieces, kept most of the dowels, including some steel ones that I know are for tying up the warp. I'm planning on getting rid of the milk can, if anyone is interested please let me know, I'll send it to you if you pay for the shipping, if not it's going to the dumpster by the end of the month. I did keep a really great rattan basket, hosed it off and let it sit in the sun to dry, looks wonderful and holds all the warping sticks and dowels. (Blogger has decided that this pic needs to be posted sideways) I bought some strapping like what is used for the purse handles, after reading Learning to Weave by Deb Chandler, there is a section on tie up with canvas apron, the strings that this loom had and something like my structo, I'm going to go with that type of of tie on, I'll take a pick once I get it on the beams, but this I plan on doing inside the house.I decided to tie up the lamms to the treadles with some jewelry wire just to test things out and make sure I hadn't screwed anything up. Works like a charm with no hiccups smooth movements. I even used the little notched dowel for the 4th lamm wonderful little tool.

(another blogger pic turned sideways)

This is the break release for the back beam, I see there are some holes towards the front and need to ask Sarah if I'm missing something there, I think it needs to be tied to the front but not sure yet.

I have 2031 heddles on 10 harnesses.
1= 240 6=90
2=-426 7=78
3=80 8=172
4=90 9=224
5=430 10=201
I figure that Peggy used 1-4 more than any of other harnesses and had them set up with most of the heddles. I keep 1-6 with with 240 each and 7-10 - with the remainder. I think that will works unless someone has a better suggestion for me.
Here she is, finally finish with only the hooks, strapping and a crank missing. Those items haves been ordered, once those arrive we will be weaving even if it's just twills to start, I'm sure someone needs a twill table runner in their house Bounce


Delighted Hands said...

So excited for you! You will be weaving up some amazing cloth in no time now! Nice work!

Acorn to Oak said...

I'm so excited for you! You must be having so much fun!! :-D

Judy said...

Wow-you must be jazzed! What a nice find and I bet the previous owner is happy that the loom went to an active weaver's house.

ladyoftheloom said...

Wow! What a great job you have done with the Mac loom. My weaving teacher Cherri LOVES her Macs and the company too.

10 harnesses, I am so jealous.

Charlotte said...

Brilliant! She looks great, happy weaving, looking forward to seeing those twills!

Benita said...

Congratulations!!! All that hard (and dusty) work has paid off nicely. You have a gem of a loom there and I can't wait to see what you create with it. Have you named the loom, BTW?

Theresa said...

It looks great. You will have many many wonderful years of service from that loom. Lucky you!

bspinner said...

I'm so excited for you!!!! Very loom for a nice lady. Enjoy!