Antique Weaving Loom

I’ve wanted to play with a loom and try different types of weaving as long as I can remember.  I shop online for them all the time but I just never pulled the trigger on actually buying one.  The problem is that I look at what companies are selling and I just can’t seem to justify the price in my mind.   If you look at most small looms (tabletop or lap) it really takes the most basic of woodworking skills to make one.  I don’t understand how they charge hundreds to many thousands of dollars for a few pieces of wood and screws.  As a beginner, I don’t really want to make one, I want to know how a professional one works first.

basic loom

So the last time I was at the fabric store I saw a mini weaving loom loom on the shelf.  Basically a picture frame with sawed out grooves for yarn.  For a few dollars I figured I could play with this and see how interested I really am in it and maybe use up some of that scrap yarn from all the socks I’ve made.

basic loom warped

While this is great for tapestry work, not so much for weaving.   I didn’t realize you’d end up sewing your way through it since there is no heddle or shuttle and then using a rake/fork to push all your work down since there is no beater.   I played for a bit and hated it.    I may make some hangings at some point with it, but my main goal is to use my piles of scrap yarn to make some scrappy scarfs.

I took to scouring craigslist for local looms.  Most looms you find are large floor models, which I definitely don’t have space for nor do I want to move one.  Eventually I saw an ad for a 1927 model from an artist’s estate listing.  I emailed and that weekend ran over and got it.

1927 structo aircraft loom

I dragged it to the back deck, ignoring that I had not completed mowing or did any of the other yard work and got to cleaning every little nook and cranny.  See that gas can in the picture?  Yeah, that’s supposed to remind me to mow the lawn.

There was no way this thing was going in the house until it was sparkling clean.  I have a severe allergy to dust and cleaning this was going to be a struggle.   It had been sitting in storage since the mid-70’s.   I could tell because there was brittle newspaper jammed between the layers of warp thread on the back roller.

Hours later, all the dust and grime was gone and it resembled a wood loom again.

Now I need to figure out where to put this thing since I haven’t found my second hoarder house yet.   More to come once I find a place to set it up.

Still need a Bob

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A while back, I painted the Belcher children to line my stairway:

belcher children acrylic paintings

It’s been on my to-do list forever to paint the parents to hang on the other side of the stairs.  Linda Belcher has been in progress for months now.  With summer here and the grass growing, I haven’t had time to finish it.

But it was raining this weekend, so I was stuck inside instead of laboring outside in the overgrown jungle that is my yard.

acrylic painting of linda belcher
 

She’s almost done.  I need to do some touch ups, paint the sides so it’s not bare wood and put a sealant on it.  Somehow I manage to paint even on the messiest table ever.

Even though my crafty time has been lacking the last few months, my yard is starting to come together.  Last weekend I finished the front tiers that are in my front yard.  It took me several weekends but I ripped out all the weeds and filled with rubber mulch.  Under the mulch are layers of tarps because I don’t want anything to grow down there…. ever.   It’s such a paint taking care of a yard on a hill.

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There’s still so much to do.  The top tier needs some work.  It has a large fountain, grass, and several trees.  I haven’t decided yet what I’m doing there.  I don’t even want to think about the staircase that runs down the other side of the front hill or the backyard.