UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

December 31, 2010

look you can see something looming

Filed under: loom, weaving — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 9:17 pm

There is progress with the loom. I have had a lot of adjustment issues that it really seems like should have been covered by the instructions. The instructions include a diagram of a slip knot, so why would they not show you where the clamp that holds the loom in the right position should be placed?

loom with scarf

 

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December 30, 2010

loom arrived

Filed under: equipment — Tags: , — UndyedYarnpire @ 11:59 pm

My Emilia arrived today. It is much bigger than I expected. I sincerely doubt I would want something larger than this without a dedicated stand.

The final assembly is a real pain to do. The instructions made very little sense. Luckily they were accompanied by pictures so I found a way to make it look like that. I heartily dislike tex-solv cord. If this is the miraculous wonder material that has saved weavers from a lifetime of struggle and toil, the previous stuff must have been, “Harvest your own varicose veins and use them to tie….”

Anyway, one must attach the tie-up bars to the beams with tex-solv. Cutting “14-inch” lengths of tex-solv, burning the ends in an open flame (which it does not tell you that you need, I guess this is not a dorm-room friendly assembly!) for each hole in the back and front beams. One wraps the beam with the cord, one pulls an end through the first hole in the other end of the tex-solv cord, one feeds that resulting tail through the hole in the beam. Then one pinches the middle of the loose half of the cord and shoves that loop into a hole at the end of the cord. One quickly inserts the tie-up bar into that loop and snugs the loop up tight. The cord-loop does not go through the hole in the tie-up bar and just sort of hangs out. Repeat for all beam holes. However, tex-solv cord does not like to have things stuffed through or into its virgin holes. Since the beams and tie-up bars are standard, I am really unclear on why I had to do this. It did not save them any room in the carton.

The entire point of having me attach the tie-up bar seems to be, “Frustrate her as much as possible right up front. Make getting started extremely difficult so she gives up. She has already bought the loom and it is not returnable.”

Warping the loom was not fun. I have already failed at it once. The first step is to mark the center of the heddle. Why is this a manual step? It could easily be done at the factory. Then one is supposed to center the size of the warp across the heddle and mark those points with threads. Fine. I do this. I follow the instructions about tying the warp yarn onto the tie-up bar, I follow the instructions about fishing the yarn through with the sleying hook. I pull the warp loop around the warping peg. I “keep doing this”. Then I read, “… making sure to wrap the yarn around the tie-up bar after each slot.” That is like a recipe that goes through 45 minutes of prep, 30 minutes of waiting, and after final assembly when the cake cannot wait or it won’t rise, saying, “Bake in an oven preheated to 350F.” Without having mentioned heating the oven up earlier when there was time. So I had to laboriously unwind the warp I had painstakingly fished through a dozen slots.

Later I changed warp yarns and began again. I did it correctly. I followed the steps to the halfway point and I am now ready to fish from slot to hole.

loom picture

This has been incredibly irritating and I am convinced there must be a better way than this, because this is ridiculous. I cannot quite imagine a better way, but there are books which should arrive at some point and they might help. There are probably YouTube videos as well.

December 27, 2010

ooh, the shiny pulls my attention away!

Filed under: spin — Tags: , — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:40 pm

Sadly, today my top choice of rigid heddle loom is for sale, used, locally, on Craigslist, for about half the retail price (after all the extras are included).

Can I admit that I want to buy that too, just in case the small one is insufficient for my needs?

What if I let this one go and do not like the tiny Emilia that is not here yet? I did get a confirmation email this morning but it said they would email directly if my item was “backordered”, like they do not know if they have it? So are they going to wait until someone else buys the used loom on CL before telling me, “Ha! Ha!”?

I also had a spot of concern because that is a hefty discount and if I do not like my loom, I want to be able to resell it for much closer to my purchase price. But there were still people paying full price for Flips and Crickets on the various Ravelry groups, so probably it is the CL underpricing. I will be sure to list my loom in the appropriate Rav groups first.

Plus at that price, the CL loom was probably gone instantly, so I would not have gotten it.

December 25, 2010

LOOM!

Filed under: equipment, loom — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:39 pm

I bought a loom.

I had 3 choices I really liked.

  • floor loom, Glimakra Julia. But honestly I’ve never woven and $1K is a lot to try something out. Plus the space, the space
  • rigid heddle loom, LeClerc Bergere, but it doesn’t have a stand available, it doesn’t fold up and it’s kind of big.
  • rigid heddle loom, Glimakra Emilia. I loved the 19″ version but couldn’t find anywhere that actually had them. They were the vaporware of looms.

Most people said that RH looms are better with a stand unless you get a really tiny one like a 15″ Schacht Flip.

So when Paradise Fibers sent a Year End Clearance coupon code good for 10% off almost everything (except LeClerc looms and some spinning wheels) I went and looked. They had the 13″ Emilia. So I bought one on the spot. I figure it will not need a stand because it is small enough and if I need to do big things, I probably want a floor loom anyway.

It has been more than a year of looking and and handwringing trying to find the right choice. I hope this was it, but certainly with the sale price, I can resell it for closer to my cost.

I started looking for a loom because someone, somewhere said weaving uses up gobs of yarn. I have a lot more yarn than I can possibly knit in my lifetime. (I am a very slow knitter and easily distracted when something is not for me.) But I love yarn and want to keep spinning, so I needed to find something that would help.

I expect to be rather happy with my purchase, and there will be pictures.

(This post cross posted at http://undyedyarnpire.dreamwidth.org/1091.html )

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