Friday, April 29, 2011

New to the Family

The Royal Wedding------enough said.

The original Friday blogger is not able to blog today so I am for her.

The craft center got a call form somebody that had a tapestry loom they wanted to give to the center or to somebody that would use it and love it. I volunteered to pick it up. You got it. It is finding a place in my studio. What am I thinking?? Something new to learn. I am excited about it. I think that it will weave most anything. But then what do I know about it. Her name will be Louela, after the original owner. It was made for her by a furniture maker, George Mork, in 1978 and he signed it. I believe they were in Michigan. I have the letter from the builder to Louela's husband Ozzie about building the tapestry loom for his wife as a gift. There daughter is the one I got it from.

Meet Louela:
She is put back together but needs lots of clean up, maybe new strings and a couple of new hardware items.  Isn't she going to be beautiful.

On the weaving front. I have gotten Helen (my Macomber) ready with a very exciting warp. She has been warped for a week but I have not been able to work on it. It is not an easy thing to weave. Why do I do this to myself?

I have come to the conclusion, that if you can not start weaving as soon as you tie the warp onto the apron rod---wait until you can start the weaving process. This warp was already tied on and I start weaving about 2 or 3 rows and noticed that the center of the warp was very loose. Yes, I did. Unwove and retied. Then the machine acted up. The #2 harness was not lifting. Another undo. I did finally get it started as you see. I can't wait to see it finished.

I want to share this cute picture of this easter "Bug".
Isn't it cute.
Best of weaving to you.


Linda said...

Wow, that is quite a loom! I look forward to seeing what you make on it.

I like the pattern you are weaving on the Macomber. Does it have a name?

LA said...

Louela is beautiful!!! She'll be fun to get to know! The piece on Helen is amazing! You are one of the bravest weavers I know!

Bonnie said...

Linda, the pattern is from "The Best of Weaver's Thick 'n Thin" book by edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt. A throw by Deborah Harrison. Brave or stupied LouAnn? Not sure which. But nothing ventured nothing gained.

Cutler said...

I love this pattern on your loom! Thanks for sharing your source. I got the book from the library this weekend so I can study it some more.