Saturday, March 28, 2009

Story of my first Macomber Loom.

I told my husband a long time ago that I would like a loom. He was always going to antique auctions at the time. One night he went to a auction by himself and came home and walked into the house and said, "I think I bought a loom." I heard the word "loom" and was pretty excited till I remembered the word "think". What do you mean think you bought a loom. And my reply was it is in 5 boxes in the back of my truck. I went out in the dark with my flash light to take a look. Some things did resemble what parts of a loom could be. But could all the parts be there?
The next day I carried all the boxes into the house and started sorting it out. I saw it had a name tag of Macomber and a serial number. Model B No. 2 So I called Macomber and asked if they had an instruction manual. They didn't but they where real helpful. Told me it was built in the 1940's. But for that old its in good shape if its all here. I then started going to weaving guild sites, that is where more help then you could imagine came from. I had one woman mail me photos of every part of her Macomber loom and another sent the manual for an old Macomber loom. With that I was in business. I started putting it together and it took 3 days to finish it. To my surprise the only thing missing was a couple of bolts and nuts, washers. And the hardware store solved that. And even if this loom only cost $25 and a little effort it was well worth it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

I think its finally spring.

It is finally spring in New England. The robins are here, the peepers are singing in the pond. My daffodils are up about 4 inches. The crocuses are in bloom. And all the birds are singing. I think thats a good sign. Today the sun was shining and it is finally warming up. Have not woven anything, still waiting for beams. Hope they come tomorrow. I have several projects in mind. One loom I will set up for my stair runner. The other for lodge rugs. They feel so nice on your feet. And have such character. Well its been a long day. Tomorrow will be a great day also.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday in the briar patch.

Well its a rainy night in New England. And puppies will be puppies even if they are 1 yr old. Tonight Rusty decided to jump the 5 foot fence and go look at the cows in the pasture. The only way to get him back is to jump the fence and walk him through a briar patch. Not fun in your pajama's in the rain. Thank goodness the neighbors don't see the crazy lady jumping the fence and chasing her dog. I did buy a electric dog fence to prevent this but did not finish hooking it up. Guess this will give me incentive.
Still waiting for my sectional beams for my looms, Macomber called and said they are on there way. Should be here tomorrow. So I am in wait mode till they get here. Then I can get started weaving again. All in all a good day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Loom room updates.

I went to Crazy as a Loom Weaving Studio for a weaving weekend. I spent the weekend weaving rag rugs with Hilary and getting lots of good tips. I had the chance to learn how to put on a sectional warp. And let me tell you that sure makes warping a lot easier and faster. We worked an warping up 2 looms. I made 2 rag rugs. I had a chance to try different looms. Hilary had a large selection of looms in her studio. Her studio is a lovely restored farm home. You stay right in the studio, she has 4 bedrooms upstairs. It was like staying in a Bed and Breakfast. But you got to weave also. Can't beat that. I really hope anyone who can take advantage of taking a weekend and weaving with Hilary does. Please check out her Blog and website at you will see all the beautiful rugs Hilary makes and she also does custom rugs. This was good experience for me. It helps keep me motivated toward finishing my loom room in my home. I have 8 floor looms myself. My first was a Macomber (now I have 3 of those), AVL, Newcomb, a farm loom (don't know the name on this one never saw one like it) and a couple of others. So my goal is to finish the reconstruction in my home and set up looms in 2 rooms. I'll probably weave out the looms I don't need, and keep the ones I like the most. I prefer weaving rugs, but have made towels, table runners.
I have to tell you I returned from my weaving weekend and bought 2 sectional beams for my looms. The folks at Macomber are real helpful. I still am surprised they don't have a website, but the phone works well. So I am waiting for the delivery of my beams then I'll warp these 2 looms for rugs. Its good to have something you really enjoy.

Rosie , Tiggy, And Rusty