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Grimnir
« on: September 06, 2007 09:59:23 AM »

Hi all, newie here Smiley

I've just been offered a Harris table loom by a friend, it's one of the ones on this page - http://www.emir.co.uk/pages/weaving_looms.aspx

Now, I'm a complete beginner at this so does anyone have any advice/hints/tips etc? Has anyone used a Harris loom?

Thanks,
Grim
« Last Edit: September 08, 2007 02:10:06 PM by Grimnir » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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peachymanaangel
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 06:35:50 AM »

You may want to pick up the book Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Weave-Revised-Deborah-Chandler/dp/1883010039/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-5578655-8911948?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189171903&sr=8-1

Warpping the loom back to font is faster and beginner friendly.
See if you can pick up a class or if someone can give you a lesson.
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Grimnir
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2007 02:09:18 PM »

Not sure if I can post pics yet, so I've put everything onto photobucket -

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/loom.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/Loomplate.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/levers.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/heddles.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/everything.jpg

I guessed when I named things Tongue so I'm probably wrong on a few! Can anyone id the bits for me?

Thanks
Grim
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Grimnir
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2007 07:30:13 AM »

Well, I think it's all together Smiley I do have one slight problem in that there's a bar missing which I think holds the reed in place but I knew there was a bit missing and it doesn't look too hard to sort out.

First pic is of the reed, second is the heddles in action and the last is the assembled loom

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/reed.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/heddlesworking.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g44/Grimnirsalias/loom/loom2.jpg
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Grimnir
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007 12:49:38 PM »

Woohoo! It turns out the local representative of the Weavers, Spinners and Dyers guild just happens to live in my town so we've arranged for her to come over in a couple of weeks to have a look at the loom and help me get set up. This is fantastic, she's really helpful and it means I will have someone to help me get set up first time round. She's also recommended I have a look at Scandanavian weaving as some of those patterns have been around for centuries so hopefully they will make it easier when I try and discover the traditional Viking-era patterns.

Just a few little repairs and I'll be ready for the off! Cheesy
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Beach
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2007 11:51:02 PM »

Hey congrats - that's a fabulous looking loom!   

Having someone from the guild come over and get you started is definately the best way to go.   I rented a table loom from my guild, had someone show me how it worked really quickly and then used the book referenced above to figure it out as I went.  You'll be on your way in no time.
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