Hello weavers! A visitor from the spinning boards here, lol. I know a little about weaving (very basic) but not much about looms. I've got some questions I hope you can help me with.
Ok, so a friend just offered me a Union Loom #36 for free. (I assume it's in decent shape but don't really know yet.) I'm having a hard time finding any information online about it. On to the (numerous) questions... 1. Anyone know anything about this type of loom and how to operate it? And/or how to get my hands on an instruction manual (I'm assuming it isn't coming with one)? 2. Does the "#36" indicate 36 inches? If so, is that 36 inches of weaving width or the entire width of the loom? 3. Are there harnesses involved, heddles, or any of those other words I'm vaguely familiar with? Lol! 4. Does anyone happen to have some pics of one of these looms? 5. Can you point me in the direction of a good book/blog/video that would help me? 6. Am I right in thinking that some looms are better for certain projects than others...such as, one loom might be better for weaving a rug while another might be better for weaving fine fabric for clothing...? If so, is the Union Loom better for a certain type of project? 7. If any of the parts needed to be replaced how hard would it be to find replacements? Are looms sensitive creatures or will they last a long time without too much pampering/fixing? I like a piece of equipment that will last forever as long as you talk nice to it and keep it clean, lol.
I'm kinda having a hard time deciding whether to take this loom or help its owner find another good home for it. On the one hand, a free loom! Who says no to that? On the other hand, I don't really have the space for one and am trying not to take on any other crafts. But I am a spinner so weaving would be something else I could do with my yarn besides knit it. But I just got my first spinning wheel and that's taking up room (minimal, but still). I could go on but you get the picture I'm sure, lol.
I'm so excited! I'm practically vibrating with excitement! My new Lendrum DT Complete arrived today!! I didn't even make it up the stairs to my apartment...I sat down at the bottom of the steps, opened it up and put it together. Then I just sat there treadling, lol. When I finally dragged it upstairs I had to spin something so I pulled out a small amount of mill ends from Sheep Shed Studio and went at it. I need practice, lol. When I finished the single I switched out the regular flyer for the plying/jumbo flyer and navajo plied my single, lol. My first wheel spun is definitely thick and thin and bulky (mmm, I love bulky yarn). It's only about 23 yards. The yarn and the obligatory wheel shot:
Also, here's a single I finished a few weeks ago and never got around to posting. It's a Falkland (from The Fiber Denn on Etsy I think) single, 186 yds, 3.9oz, spun on a CD spindle.
http://www.lansinoh.com/products/hpa-lanolin Lanolin refined to the very purest state from the sound of it...it's medical grade lanolin used for breastfeeding mothers. It's a great product for all dry, cracked skin...I've used it for chapped lips. The link is to their FAQ and has answers about being allergic. From this link and a few others I found it seems as though an allergy to lanolin is pretty rare as it's a weak allergen. You can find varying degrees of pure lanolin...it just depends on how much they refine it. I saw a few different kinds on Amazon.com. I would agree with Confuzzle and say it's more likely the chemicals used in factory processed wool. I know some places use some sort of chemical to dissolve any vegetable matter and that's before whatever chemical detergent they use to clean it. Those chemicals can also take a relatively soft wool and make it not so soft. Pobble, you can't stand touching wool...have you had the chance to feel handspun wool spun by someone who did all their own processing? I find there is a huge difference between most commercial wools and handspun wools that have been gently processed by hand.
I don't know if I would bother with adding lanolin back in to the wool just to spin it as I don't think it would make that big of a difference in the ease of spinning. I think the only time I might consider it is if I had ordered wool (not processed it myself) and I wanted to make an outer garment or something that I would like to be a little water-resistant. Otherwise I would just not wash out all of the lanolin out of the fleece if I were doing it myself.
Congratulations on the 2nd place fleece! How exciting for you!
http://kbbspin.org/ is my recommendation. I always check there for spinning stuff...fiber, spindles, wheels, etc. People also list weaving equipment, books, magazines, knitting/crocheting stuff. I just bought about 9 lbs. of wool (Shetland, Icelandic, Corriedale and Icelandic Corriedale X...yay!) from a woman who was getting ready to move and she was also selling many of her sheep (oh, if only I had the land for my own critters!).
Ludicrouslouisa - Did no one warn you spinning is an addiction? lol =) I don't believe in 'supposed to' or 'the correct way' when it comes to most things art and that most definitely includes spinning (knitting too)! If you're drafting and putting twist in the fibers, you're spinning! I pre-draft my fiber a good bit before I start spinning too. There's something very Zen about just drafting out the roving (without spinning at the same time)...I love it. Everyone has their own opinions about top vs. bottom whorl...which one is better, which one is better for which type of yarn. It's the same with spinning wheels, the wheel that one spinner absolutely loves may not do it for another. Don't worry about 'supposed to' just worry about what feels right and works for you. It's more about creating the yarn that you want to create. Also, you mentioned plying...if you ply the yarn with itself you will definitely get half the length of yarn but you can ply two yarns or ply your yarn with thread of some sort without losing all that yardage. Your yarns look great!
I think it's a great idea! I would suggest the posts contain a pic of the yarn in skein/ball form and a pic of the finished object....a pic of the roving too would be an even bigger bonus, lol. I think it would also be somewhat of a teaching tool for those new to spinning...commercial yarns definitely work up differently than most of the handspun yarns. If they could see before and after of yarn->FO it may help give ideas of how to design their own yarns. I know I would love to see what everyone has come up with as far as FOs for thick and thin yarns and art yarns.
As far as there already being knitting and crocheting boards on Craftster...I hardly ever look there and when I do I never see handspun projects nor do I really expect to for some reason. As I said above, when thinking of it as a possible teaching tool it makes sense to post that sort of thing here. Also, we have every other step of the process on the fiber boards (from cleaning raw wool to carding to dyeing to spinning, etc) why not showcase handspun FOs too?
There is also direct drive. The Hitchhiker wheel has direct drive...this video shows how to change the ratio wheels but it gives you an idea of how the direct drive works. Also check out the "Assembling the Hitchhiker wheel" vids (by the same person) to really see how direct drive wheels work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyNS2VXD9R4
Have you checked out the book 'Respect the Spindle'? Awesome book...
Maybe a spray adhesive would work nicely..? Spray the board then put the fabric on. Did you glue the fabric to the board after you cut out the shape or did you glue the fabric then trim away the excess? Either way...looks great!