Friday, December 28, 2012

Surprise!

On Wednesday, Lou Ann and I went on an adventure.  We all love adventures after all now don't we!  It all started a couple of weeks ago when one of our students decided that weaving wasn't really how she wanted to spend her time.  She sent word through one of the other weavers that she was interested in selling the floor loom that she had bought several months before.

In an email just last week she told Carol, the Tuesday Weaver's instructor, that if someone would come to get the loom, they could have it for free!  Now, not too long ago, I had told Lou Ann that the only other loom I would get would have to be a free one!

I waited to see if anyone else snapped it up, and when no one did, I said that I would take it.  I still wasn't sure what I was getting.  Some said it was an 8 harness loom, Carl said that he had woven rugs on it.  So you can imagine my confusion!

When we laid eyes on the loom, we quickly realized that it was a 4 harness, counterbalance rug loom.  In fact, it is a Cambridge loom made by the Reed Loom Company that is no longer in business.  In the paper work that came with the loom I discovered that it was originally owned by the founder of our weaving department at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Ellen Caine! 



I had known that our Weaver Carl had owned it for a time, after it had spent some time at the Center, and then it had passed to someone else named Heidi, then to the student, and finally to me.  I usually name my looms for the furthest back owner I can trace, but this time I think I will name him Carl, because I never met Ellen, but I know and love Carl!

To make room at my house, I am going to have to bring the Leclerc Mira back to the Center.  It needs lots of parts in order to work.  It is not a difficult task, just one I don't have room for now.  Maybe one of the other weavers will want to take that on.

Lou Ann graciously offered to house the loom in her garage, until my company leaves and I can make room for it in the guest room/Studio B, next to the Newcomb 2 harness rug loom.  Thank you again Lou Ann!  It needs a little bit of work to be fully functional, but nothing major.  Can you see the sectional beam hiding there on the floor!  Be still my heart!  I love sectional warping!  I can really pile on the yards effortlessly!

Tomorrow, the last of the kids will be on their way home and life should return to a more normal rythym.  I hope it does, I am ready to reclaim the Studio, both rooms, and get down to business!  Here's to a productive 2013!

Happy New Year!  Until next year, Happy Weaving, Tina

4 comments:

  1. It could be that someone would like to work on the Mira. You just gotta love these old workhorse looms!

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  2. Congratulations! Can't wait to see it all together and ready to weave.

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  3. I am trying to remember which loom that is. What size is it. What needs to be fixed? If I take the upright tapestery loom to the center and put in storage, I would have room. I don't use it and it is large and takes up space.

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  4. The Leclerc Mira went home with Shirley! It didn't even make it to the annex!

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