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lariarocket
« on: October 20, 2009 11:57:36 AM »

Yesterday, while browsing the Fiber Friday thread from last week I got the urge to jump on craigslist to look at wheels and bobbins. I'm not in the market to buy anything, being quite content with my Ashford Traveller, but I couldn't help checking out the local scene. On a whim I decided to check out looms as well, just to see what people were looking to get rid of since I'm pretty keen on learning the age old art of weaving. Much to my surprise I saw a headline listing a vintage "Weaver's Friend" loom. I checked out the listing, saw the photos, and my jaw dropped to the floor. I swear it had to be a misprint. There was no was way on earth that the price could be correct for that size loom. It gave a number to call for more information, so call I did! I got a call back shortly after and spoke with a lovely woman who explained that the loom was purchased in an estate sale and was going to be used for a small side business that she and her mother wanted to start. In an unfortunate turn of events her mother was recently diagnosed with cancer and has since become wheelchair bound. The dreams of their business together were gone and it has since become an item of regret, taking up a good portion of the living room. Really she just wanted it gone, but to a good home. Having an evening off of work I set off to take a look. You know that old "love at first sight" story? Yeah. It can happen. I stayed and chatted for a bit then had to make my way home, but not before paying the mere $150 asking price and setting up a time on Sunday to go pick up my new toy! It also came with a large box of tools and shuttles and 3 books on textiles and fabric making and a rag rug book.









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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 12:35:24 PM »

What a fantastic find! Have fun learning to use your new toy.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 10:01:36 PM »

I must say, that is an awesome sized first loom. I can't wait to see what you come up with on it!! My loom is 18" wide and hangs on my wall. lol I'll get there one day.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009 02:59:55 PM »

I'm pretty excited. Also, a fun little coincidence, the monthly meeting of the local spinners and weavers guild happens to meet this tuesday. I won't have to wait long to find someone who can help me start my woven journey!
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009 12:27:09 PM »

I picked up my loom yesterday and brought her on home. Hmmm...not sure why I think it's a "her"...but ah well. Smiley Getting her into the house was a lot easier than I expected, there was just enough room to make maneuvering a breeze, though she's damn heavy! My brothers did a great job getting the loom in the house and set up in the right spot. I still had to head to my dad's afterward so by the time I got home I was beat and almost ready for bed. I did some cleaning with Murphy's Wood Oil soap on the spool rack and accessories though (10 huge shuttles!) and they're looking better already. I don't believe the loom has been used for years and everything was pretty dingy.

Today I played a little with all the pieces to make sure it was in good working order. There was a half finished rag rug on it so before cutting it off to clean everything I tried it out and it works beautifully! Now I just need to oil all of the moving metal bits. The heddles are a bit rusty too so instead of trying to clean 600 of them one by one I'm just going to buy some replacements on Woolery. Going to buy a new reed too I think. I can't wait to get her all set up ad ready to go! I may have to wait a week or two before I have the money for the replacement parts, but with a  little luck I'll be weaving by the end of November!
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2010 04:32:37 PM »

awesome I'm a bit envious. I just have a couple little rigid heddle looms.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2010 07:22:38 PM »

I think I just wee'd my britches in excitement for you!
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That's just an awesome, and lucky, find! If you can, see if some of the people in the guild would be willing to come check it out to ensure everything is working properly, and to let you know what is missing or needs replaced. Then have fun with it!

Congratulations!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2010 03:40:57 PM »

congrats!  It is so exciting to find looms like that.  Enjoy your new passion. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011 09:57:28 PM »

That's a cool loom!  I saw one of those at Amish Acres in Indiana... nothing on it, but I spent quite a bit of time looking at it and figuring out how it worked.  I'd never seen a loom where the harnesses were controlled by the beater before...
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2011 05:01:02 AM »

This looks like a loom that we got a little over a year ago - for $50.00 (and a felted tree).  It is an 8 harness.   My husband thinks that he will have time to learn how to use it (ha-ha).  Meanwhile it is taking up space in my fiber room....   It has a half done rag rug on it, maybe I could take out the weft that is there and do something with the existing warp? It is white - I think cotton.  I have no clue how to use it!!! 

What is the company you mentioned to get replacement  heddle parts?
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