Jeanne was given this little itty bitty loom by a woman who came into the Jimmy Beans shop. She said it belonged to her mother and would Jeanne like it. Jeanne had it in the back of her truck when she were at Allison's for a spin-in a couple of weeks ago and it was a mess, covered in cobwebs and the feet water stained.
We squose everything out in my studio so we could have a work area and we started with an 8" warp. The original owner was from Stockton, California and had commissioned this loom from Mr. Gilmore. It's so light that Jeanne can carry it by herself.
Jeanne cleaned it and polished it up. It's an admirable little loom - I could like to own it. I told her to get Debra Chandler's book, which she did, and she read the preliminary information. She was primed and ready to go. I took Bonita's advice and showed her how to warp from the front since there are fewer steps. Jeanne sailed through it. We had mistakes which are wonderful because they are learning experiences, but we caught them in time so that when she pressed on the treadles, there were no sleying or threading errors. It was awesome.
We chose Birds Eye twill and here's the beginning of the fabric. We were about five hours into the project at this point and Jeanne's eyes were looking south towards home. The light was fading with the short December day and that was a lot of learning to pack into one day. I had so much fun. Her enthusiasm was infectious and I am antsy to get back to my own projects. Thanks Jeanne!!
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