The Gift that Inspired

Last Fall my cousin Cheryl emailed me to ask if I would like an Architecture book that they found at a sale; of course I had to answer yes.  I was very surprised when this large box arrived the next week.

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These are cones of yarn used mainly by weavers.  Weaving had always enticed me, but the only looms that I knew of were the Inkle loom and the large floor looms.  I have an Inkle loom that I have been meaning to learn on for many years, and the floor looms are just too big for our house.  Then last Fall my friend Jane was given an old table top loom by a neighbor, which got her on the weaving bug.  The beautiful shawls and blankets and bags that she has been turning out were really inspiring.  A woman at the local yarn shop was interested in selling her table top loom, but luckily she never got back to me with a price.  A couple of months later Kim and Joe joined our SnB knitting group one night.  Kim is a knitter and weaver, and Joe makes square wooden knitting needles. Joe was showing me photos of all his projects, which included a floor Rigid Heddle loom, I was intrigued, and when I went to visit them a couple of weeks later, I purchase one on the spot.  Each is a little bit different as he uses reclaimed lumber, so there is a mixture of various hardwoods in each loom, and they are all unique.  Apparently he was inspired to start making looms when the noise of Kim’s table top loom banging on the table got to him, and he has been making them for many years.  You can find out more about his products here.  This is from the website:

The Rigid Heddle Loom is an original design by wood artisan, Joe Hanes

It has been evolving through the years.

This loom is simply beautiful and purely functional!!   Created from exotic wood

showing many of the “beauty marks” from the wood.

They are  a strong durable loom,  that can “pivot” to the weaver’s back, which means the  weaver can choose to sit anywhere they are

 comfortable to weave at their loom.

         It has slides on the sides, which allows more space for theweaver to create.

The loom can pivot down  to enable the loom to slide into small spaces.

  They are made in 18″ and 24″ widths.

Kim & Joe Looms

Kim & Joe Looms

A couple of weeks ago my loom arrived, the 24″ wide version, and last week Joe helped me to set it up and warp the threads.

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Sliding Bar for the Rigid Heddle so that it can move down towards you and requires less time winding up.

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Beautiful wooden tension knobs.

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The warping took about 2 hours and I used some of the cream colored cotton in the gift box of weaving yarns.  Looks like a mess, but it all turned out beautifully.

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Then we wove some toilet paper at the beginning to even out the threads and I was ready to go.

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And there she sat for a couple of days while I looked at Youtube videos and waited for Jane to come over and guide me throughout the beginning of my first project.