Friday, July 23, 2010

Putting on the brakes!

I had a post all set to share with you about this adaptation of an Inkle loom pattern to the floor loom.  I had pictures of the whole process.  I got distracted and posted about something else and forgot all about that post, and forgot that I hadn't indeed used those pictures.  I erased them........

So I decided to tell you about the strange brake on the loom that I used for the project.  It was a perfect brake for this project.  You see it doesn't really hold very well and loosens as I weave, which for rep weave that requires a hard beat really isn't bad.  It is like I have a self advancing warp.  I just have to tighten the front beam often.  I can weave for hours like that, without getting up!  Another oddity is that to release the back beam I have to lift the brake, it took me a little while to figure it all out.

To use the loom without the advancing feature I have incorporated something my son left behind!  I just knew it would come in handy somehow!

That is how I have solved the problem of this crazy loom.  What have you overcome to weave on a problematic loom,  I can't wait to hear.

Until next week, happy weaving, Tina
9 miles


LA said...

Well, Tina, I had this beautiful old loom that just refused to stay balanced. I had her in my living room for awhile, and she wasn't happy there. I moved her to my downstairs den, but she didn't like the humidity in that room. I solved the problem by sending her back where she is a happy loom: YOUR HOUSE!!!

Linda said...

That is a great looking pattern! Very impressive.

Bonnie said...

Ok, I am confused. Did you get the inkle pattern adapted to the other loom? It is very a beautiful pattern. The latchet system did not work well on the Macomber loom. I got 2 flat washers and put them on the opposite side making a tighter fit of the latch. I just hope that it will work. We will see. Your weight is a great idea.

Maggie said...

That's beautiful! And you are so resourceful!

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed! You're really good at figuring out how to make looms work, that's for sure!
I've made it to Moose Jaw!!! Back in the land of sky that goes forever!!