For Weavers and Knitters
After high school, my mother purchased a rigid heddle loom for me. I wove many wall hangings, table scarves, and attempted tapestry weaving on this small loom. About 6 years later a friend, loaned me her 36″ Harrisville 4 harness floor loom. It had been in storage for a few years, and needed some parts that had gone missing. Another weaver, was staying in Georgia for a year while her husband was doing Military time in Turkey. She was chomping at the bit to get another person addicted to weaving. This was a huge asset to getting me going. She helped me decide what parts we needed, ordered them, and set up the loom, wound the first warp, and off I went. I think my brother still wears that hideous itchy wool/mohair scarf when it is very cold.
It is very interesting to me how fate put all these pieces of the puzzle together, for the end result of me having the loom, and a mentor. About three years later, for my 30th birthday, Thomasa said “enjoy the loom”, and I ignorantly said “ok. I am” . She was telling me I could have the loom. Eventually I added a tool tray and 2 more harnesses, and have had to replace a few parts, but my Harrisville loom will serve me for as long as I can weave. I am a color person, not a structure weaver.
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