Monday, October 4, 2010

a mystery

 

i'd asked someone i clean for, who is a weaver,
where she gets her weaving threads and today
she left these spools out, ones she doesn't want
and also this mystery....
the note said it's a tapestry loom, missing
some parts..?...?...
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17 comments:

jude said...

it looks like it missing the top beam, are there holes in the frame up top? does it have a brand name on it anywhere?

helen said...

I first thought, Jude would know, but ya when I blow up the picture it does seem incomplete, I'm not knowledgable on weaving but I did spend a day at a ladies house who had numerous types of looms, etc. and it does seem like a part is missing. It will be interesting to see what you find out. How lucky are you? What a gift to get the thread and all.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

no....no holes,
no wing nuts, worse yet and
no brand name.
i think someone made it, maybe
for a grackle

Storycloth said...

So it sounds like you are on the weaving trail now too Grace!I'll watch with interest. Gilly

deanna7trees said...

grace, you are hilarious. it looks like it would work with a couple of cross bars attached. go to google images and search for tapestry looms. you will see some similar ones. i made a similar one when i was in college that was just a frame. nice that this one is on a stand. lucky you.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna...really? lucky me?
i was just dumbfounded.
maybe it was the absence of
wing nuts?

deanna7trees said...

it looks to me like it's a home made loom that was never finished. if you do some research, i'm sure you can easily finish it and make it workable.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna
can it have a wing nut?

deanna7trees said...

sure it can have a wing nut... if you use wing nuts to attach the bars, you can make several holes on the side bars and then you will be able to make your loom a different size with each weaving.

jude said...

looks like this will keep you busy for a while.... ha!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

jude...that's the worry. this
getting fragmented thing.
hmmmm.
time for more learning about focus.

kaite said...

grace don't let yourself get sidetracked if you don't want to. It was nice of the person to leave it for you but that doesn't mean you have to do anything with it. I've dont tapestry weaving for over 35 years and i make my own looms, i no longer try to "fix" other people's old handmade and broken ones. :)

kaite said...

sorry typo in the last sentence, should read "i've done tapestry weaving....." k.

Karen Turner said...

Well, I was going to say 'lucky you' too - but, as Kaite says, you needn't feel any particular pressure to do anything with it just yet. Maybe it can stay with you a while until you want to engage with it. My homemade weaving frame has adjustable horizontal bars which you can move up or down to control the length. Good luck with it. It seems to me that this lost soul came home to you.

Gracie said...

Hi Windthread- I love your blog and have been following the futon cover's development. But I make the following comment very, very hesitantly (for fear of sounding rude). I have the parts of something a lot like the mystery loom in my woodshop, and in my case, the parts are the remains of a storage rack for folding tables. The notched bars on the side and the arched top are identical. I hope I am wrong.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

GRACIE GRACIE GRACIe!!!!!!
Oh bless you and your courage...
Alas, i think you may have solved
the mystery!
i am pretty sure you are absolutely right and this is
really so great because now i
can repurpose!
somehow
?????????
i knew that those notched horizontal bars were some kind of
dead give away....
So...i like your Ontario Meadow.
Spent some time in London Ont
meadow. learned there how to load
a belligerant hog into a trailer.
have been waiting the 30-40 years
since to amaze people with this
skill. hasn't yet come up again.
please visit often...and
THANK YOU!!!!!

Karen Turner said...

Oh, Grace/Gracie, this is really quite funny... It fooled us all!