Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I've been cleaning heddles, bars and frames. The heddle still are white-ish, not shiny aluminum. but I guess I can live with that, it doesn't effect the yarn that I strung through to test them out.
So far I've clean three harnesses with 590 heddles some of the harness have more heddles than others, but I want to get through them all and then even out the numbers on each harness. I'm keeping and individual count on each harness and writing it on the bar with a white grease pencil so that I don't get confused or lose my notes.
This is as clean as I got the 15 reed, I strung some yarn through it and did a dental floss type of cleaning, I think that's about as clean as I can hope for.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This controls the lamms which are connected to these side bar which lift the harness with the levers at the top of the high castle. I took this pic from the back of the loom to get a good shot of the assembly. It's been cleaned up and oiled, I'm posting for Kimberly who had a question.
This is the crank that when I depress a corner foot pedal releases the back beam and a pic of the controls from the side of the loom. That rusty bolt, I'm assuming it's missing a piece so that I can manually turn the back beam to warp.
This other piece of wood is the same length of the interior of the loom and has notches on each side. I have no clue on this one either.
This is the back beam you can see were the strings were at one point and were cut off.
A close up of the heddles which are in great condition just a wipe and they clean up real nice.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
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.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This is the before and after shots of the cleaning, these are the harness levers, I can tell that the loom was mostly used as a four harness because the front notches are nicely worn in, compared the the other six. Mr Deepend has a blower with a hose for mechanic work on the cars and it's been a God send, love that thing.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
40 boxes of extremely dusty dirty yarn, a lot of it wool, some linen, some cotton and some I won't know until I burn it. Also hidden in one of the boxes was Macrame yarn, I hadn't seen this type of yarn since the early 80's. I did discard a lot of the wool that was too dirty and tangled up to deal with, plus it had some kind of bug debris whatever was in it has been dead a long time. there was also some very thick almost roving like wool unfortunately it was in with the bug yarn.
A bunch of slat sticks and two sets of these sticks that are tied on both sides with leather? I need to look in my weaving book for these. I have not emptied the milk can and don't know if by chance there are any shuttles in there but I don't think so.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We went, met with Bill and Peggy, I fell in love with the loom as I knew I would, turns out she is a 10 harness, 4 that were installed and 6 that Peggy found while shifting some things in a closet, with 5+ reeds, a warping board, a bunch of sticks what I think is a raddle and rods in a milk can , a bench and a basket of yarn. When we were about to leave Bill says to my husband "oh you know we have MORE YARN in this little storage closet. Yeah, I got that too, my son had the morning off and my hubby took a personal day, they went to get my loom and yarn, according to my son I should consider renting an apartment just to store this "stuff", I didn't answer him but I thought well if you moved out.......... that's another post.
The loom and yarn are at my house in my garage, I plan to start weeding through it all when I get home, is it 4:30 yet?
I'm nervous and excited and will take photos for you to see.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
These are my pitiful card woven strips, Oye!!! The edges are very scary and I made some errors here and there but the exercise was good for the mind and creative mojo, I will have to make the bookmarks for my son on the inkle since that is one project that I'd like to finish. All the looms in the house are once again nekkid, but that will be resolved this weekend. I'm planning something for each one.
The RH needs to get warped for some kitchen towels, the troops are complaining that everyone has gotten great kitchen towel gifts, but in the weaver's house the kitchen is bare not so, since Meg at Megweaves sent me a great towel that is in constant use, but since they are by default Cuban they exaggerate with grand hand gestures and extreme expressions (it really does look like Ricky Ricardo when he gets annoyed at Lucy). That reminds me of an old Spanish quote "En casa del herrero, cuchillo de palo". Literally, in the house of the blacksmith there are wooden knives (that would really be annoying).
The Structo is going to be getting some warp for Baja Bags, I've finally decided that I will need to create these on something more than my poor inkle speaking of which, needs to get warped for the straps for the bags, I need a hat band, and my son's bookmarks maybe not in that order but you get the idea.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I took knitting with me to the hospital and my mom's while she recuperated, I finished my Marinella Shawl it was a really easy knit with only a stitch legend mishap. The author of the shawl pattern wrote ssk and meant s1,k1 psso for the lace portion. I started the skk and found out on the fifth repeat it was wrong, I didn't rip it out just couldn't bring myself to do so and just continued knitting I used Knitpicks 100% Alpaca lace in Dill, love the results and know I will use this lightweight shawl often.
I took this pic outside this morning funny how the color changes outdoors
and yet another color change and close up of the lace sections.
Friday, July 02, 2010
I'll keep you guys posted on the results and what will be going on.