Thursday, November 5, 2009

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

A big, boring my Toika loom. (I did lots of fun things this summer too....but I spent a fair amount of time with sandpaper, working outside, removing layers of dust, grime, splinters and old finish from the moving parts of my loom.)

On one of the last days when the temperature was warm enough, I laid out all the pieces I had ready.

But something was missing.

Our supervisor

Now we can really get to work!


Dorothy said...

What an excting collection of sticks! I bet when your loom is re-finished it will look superb, I'm just peeping around the corner at where my Toika stands to make sure it isn't jealous of all this loving attention your loom is getting.

Theresa said...

That is a whole heap of sticks! It will be well worth it.
Has the assembly commenced? Looks like a pretty laid back super there too. ;-)

Life Looms Large said...

My loom is definitely much cleaner and prettier than when I tried it out last winter. But it deserves some attention since it had been neglected somewhere along the line - so none of your looms need to be jealous!!

I have it up and running with two shafts, and Jim is installing a shelf for me so I can store assorted lamms and shafts before I'm ready to use them.

And I still have probably 8 shafts and 6 treadles in the basement awaiting sandpaper. Watch, I'll be out in my driveway in the snow this winter sanding away!!


Delighted Hands said...

Okay, I can understand some of the pieces-teadles for example but what are ALL those sticks for?! It does look nice-great labor of love for sure!

Jennifer said...

It reminds me of the first day of school essays - not exactly the exciting trip to the Grand Canyon - but I'm sure you are greatly pleased with the result!

Terri said...

Boring? Did you say boring? One of my favorite things to do is restoring old looms. I brought home an old Gallinger Loom yesterday and I'm excited this morning to give it a good cleaning and see what restoration work it needs. Enjoy the process. Looking forward to seeing your Toika when it's finished!

Life Looms Large said...

Jennifer - the title was specifically to sound like those school reports!! I don't think I ever had to write one, but you never know!

Terri - I wish I liked working with wood. That would have made this process much more fun!!! It will be worth it for me when it's done....but it's just not something I love to do!

Delighted Hands - The picture shows lamms, shafts, jacks and treadles - lots of the moving parts that make up my loom. I understand looms so much better as a result of this project! That's one good thing about it!


Charlotte said...

Goodness me, I hope you know how it all goes back together! When I bought my loom the previous owner had luckily stuck tiny labels to both ends of all the pieces so I knew what went where - otherwise it would still be in a heap!!

It will be lovely when it's all finished :)