Monday, September 12, 2011

the story behind the project

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the school, as many others around this insane world, had just given the final axing touches to their textile department and program and the small beauty was in a corner literally rotting to death. ignored by all the powers that be who in turn had refused my offer, in a not so remote past, to restore it. time had come to clean and make space for more serious pursuits  and surprise, surprise, the loom was going to be thrown away.

luck in the form of a former teacher called on me  and urged me to get there as fast as i could to pick it up.  there i went, loaded it on a push cart and hauled it home for 4 blocks! a rather sorry sight, but look who's laughing now (^_^)

at first my wishful thinking lead me to believe it was a small jacq loom as the carpentry workshop at school used to build those as gifts for visiting dignitaries.then after a more sedate look i found out that it was an 18 shaft loom capable of weaving up to 20 cms.
i have along term restoration project in the horizon which is already giving husband-san the hives. moreover,blinded by ambition, i'm contemplating having either a comber board or a jacq head a preliminary step i have already downloaded various documents from the late ralph griswold site.
hope that winter is long enough to accommodate both weaving and restoration projects.

you can examine the photos at will here

neki desu
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  1. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder-that would be you and all of us who are anxious to watch you restore this loom. A great winter project.
    Me, I unearthed a large simple peg loom and am going to set it up and experiment a bit with it. Who knows?

  2. neki, this is such a keeper! great score, and the glam shot reminded me of the paper mill in the movie time traveller's wife.
    we want to watch the entire restoration documentary! ok, I want to watch it...

  3. Good you arrived on time to save it. Enjoy its restoration.

  4. Anonymous2:06 PM

    This vogue for throwing out looms is SO BAD! Thanks for rescuing this one. I'm looking forward to the documentary too.

  5. E' semplicemente fantastico, farai un lavoro splendido.

  6. Anonymous5:59 PM

    oh, my. where to start?? so sad that it could be left to fall into that condition. wonderful that you can restore it.

  7. What a wonderful project! I love restoring looms.

  8. i know Cally, problem is they think they're sooo cool.


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