Sunday, March 9, 2014

Stones continue to develop




I'm putting in occasional half-passes and passes of single yarns on top of a pick that's in place... those are being pulled from the gray bundles that are hanging at the top.  And they're hanging on a raddle that I've tied to the top of the beater to have handy pegs from which to hang either these yarns or the bobbins as I get them up and out of the way so I can see what's going on.

This Ruthie loom (very similar to the Fireside Traditional Tapestry loom) has a beater that holds a reed through which the warp ends pass.  I don't use the beater as such but do like to have the reed for spacing.  The mechanism of the beater is such that it has a counter weight at the rear of the loom and so the beater will stay to its highest point easily--which is where I need it as I weave.  My cartoon is hanging over a PVC pipe that's tied to the beater.

Tapestry is such a simple weave.  Tools like the loom used by the weaver can be very simple, as well.  Put a frame loom together, pound in some nails at top and bottom, string thread up and down--and you've got a tapestry loom.  Yet the loom can be a bit more complex.  Looms that are designed and made by companies specifically for high warp tapestry weaving aren't as numerous as floor looms, however.  I happen to have several types made by different companies, a couple that aren't produced anymore.  Almost all of my looms were previously owned by one or more people through the years.  Each of them have their quirks and I enjoy the way some of them function more than others.

Rebecca Mezoff is writing about tapestry looms at her blog.  Here's a link to her initial post about this and she'll be posting more about it all in the future.  Follow her interesting and informative adventure in compiling information about tapestry looms!

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