An Old Loom
Today we are experiencing the third of three storms this week. Everything is wet and very windy outside. Not surprisingly, the Quimper Hitty human has been a bit under the weather. However, with the help of the favourite photographer of the family, Constance and I have managed to get a very old collapsible four-harness countermarche loom fired up and ready to weave.
This is the loom that my grandfather had hand built by a Danish man in Minneapolis sometime during the 1930’s. Luckily my mother kept the loom, and even had it warped-up by someone before she died.
My mother wove the first ten inches or so using bamboo canes and scrap yarn, but then gave up. The loom has been being stored by a friend for some time, but I decided to see if I could get it going again.
Several obstacles had to be overcome, including fixing the brake pedal, and installing a new brake line, before I even started to weave. After I got going I realised that one of the uprights holding the reed was cracked, and it broke during the middle of beating the first rag rug! Thankfully our favourite photographer dug into his woodpile and fashioned a new one just like that, I didn’t even have to take the warp off!
I am using leftover weft rags from older projects, and treating this warp as an experimental one while I remember the process and mechanics of weaving on this particular loom…the first rug is made of corduroy rags…
…the next one uses kilt scraps.
This is the loom I learned to weave on 40-ish years ago!
Constance says rag rugs are the best! Cosy, quick to make and pretty! A good project for a stormy somewhat gloomy day!