Remember back this fall at fair-time, I spoke of this blue and gold warp that I spent the week working on? I asked the question.....Amazing threads or loose ends? Cheryl commented that she was betting that they were amazing.
Well, loose ends is more like it...LOL. I spent the entire week trying to get that warp onto this new to me loom. Needless to say, most people got a real taste that week of just how difficult dressing a loom can be at times.
Weaving is the easy part.....so what did I learn that week?
Lesson number 1: DO NOT WARP A LOOM IN PUBLIC..
(you can't use curse words and you may need to, in fact you will use them)
Lesson number 2: DO NOT BREAK IN A NEW LOOM IN PUBLIC..same comments apply.
The little macomber loom has been patiently sitting in my kitchen waiting with it's pretty gold and blue warp, I was so disgusted with the process, that I just couldn't bring myself to tackle it again so soon....but today, I thought that i would take another stab at working on it. Arrgghhh
I can honestly say that I am really struggling with this Baby Mac, and even though I know the reasons why, I just can't seem to fix it. I love the idea of having a small loom in my kitchen and I so want these towels as they match my kitchen....and the cottolin was not inexpensive......but......I am just not feeling the love for this loom. The little pinwheels are making me smile though...LOL. When my middle daughter, Ashley, was a young child, her days were spent watching her favorite show...pinwheels. Just remembering those days makes me smile ... they were good days:-), but I digress.
I own a big 48 inch Macomber which I do love. The treadles and harnesses move almost effortlessly.....a true cadillac of looms, so when I purchased this little loom, I thought that it would be more of the same, but I was wrong. I bought this loom second hand and the man (who works on looms for a living) who I bought it from had made a few little changes, such as the tie up, which is not working well....and the brake does not seem to hold the beam tight.
I will struggle thru this process, as I have a good sum of time and money already invested, but I think I am going to take a trip down to York, where these looms are manufactured, this week. I want to talk to them about possibly working on this loom for me and take a look at the 24" Add A Harness loom like the big one I already have and see if I like that one better than the Baby Mac, which is a much lighterweigh (less sturdy) loom. If not..........then a trip to Harrisville may be in order :-)