Sunday, March 02, 2008

Outfitting the loom

So I bought a new (to me) loom a while back and finally scrounged up enough dough to buy some needed items to outfit it for production work. One difference 'twixt a hobbyist and a production weaver is the need to put on long warps (i.e. 50 yards instead of two, three, five), and the upshot of that is a need to put these rake-like items on the beam the warp is wound onto.
That I did, with a couple of trips to the hardware store, and one to the lumber yard (where a kindly worker cut a really superb piece of no-void plywood into 1.25-inch strips that I glued to make double-thickness and cut to suit my purposes).

Anyway, after that, and some previous repair work, I now have a loom that should take me through the rest of my career as a weaver. Unless, of course, someone decides I'm such a brilliant scarf maker that I change professions!


Johnny Yen said...

That's very cool!

I was posting recenlty about a coworker who recently closed her business. I greatly admire people like you who have a skill and are creative. I'd love to see some of the results of your work with the loom posted.

Alasdair said...

Thank you for the kind words! I'm planning to put on a warp soon (over the weekend, maybe sooner), so I'll have to post photos. It's been a while since I wove for my own purposes; most of what I weave I do for another weaver. I'm just the hands :)

I'm sorry to hear about the cheese shop closing down. I love small businesses, and I love cheese :)

Johnny Yen said...

A follow-up on the cheese shop closing-- it was covered on WNPR, public radio. They interviewed Matt, my co-worker's husband, and within a few hours, Whole Foods contacted him about a position. They still hope to reopen, when the economy is better.