Saturday, June 26, 2010

Surprise: New Loom!

Maybe the universe is encouraging me to return to my studio?

Thursday, I finished threading a project on my Baby Wolf. Plus I spent hours searching for the perfect lace pattern for my lace sample due in September. (More on those projects another time!)

That night, I got an email about looms and weaving equipment for sale in New Hampshire.

I jumped right on it. Friday morning we drove over to check things out.

My first purchase is this beautiful walnut raddle from Treeditions. I've been using a borrowed raddle for over a year now. It's high time I got one of my own!

I had been planning to make a homemade version, but this gorgeous raddle will help make warping more of a pleasure!

Inspired by lots of cool inkle projects I've seen other bloggers create, I decided to bring this inkle loom home too. I love the portability of an inkle.

Finally, this table loom is the reason I went to check out the equipment in the first place. So far I've passed up a few workshops, or borrowed looms to take workshops. Having a workable table loom for times when I really need one seems like a good idea.

This one doesn't have a reed, but I'm sure the good folks at Gowdey Reed will remedy that situation pronto.

Even though I got this loom mostly for workshops, I can imagine using it for sampling, for on location weaving (at the beach?), and I could probably even get away with taking it to my knitting group sometimes.

I would never have imagined Thursday afternoon that I'd bring two new looms into the fold Friday!

Now I have pretty much a full complement of looms: table, inkle, tapestry, rigid heddle, small floor loom, large countermarche loom. The only thing that might be missing, and way off in the future, is a computerized loom. (Way, way, way off in the future!)


Theresa said...

Oh way good score! Love the raddle! Beautiful.
That looks like a Schacht inkle loom. You'll like it. I like the adjustable tension available on it. Not that my inkle weaving has progressed, but Stella is going to grow up sooner than later. It would seem the universe is just begging you to get back to weaving!

LA said...

What a haul!!! I think you'll enjoy the inkle just pick it up and take it with you!

Maggie said...

That raddle is beautiful! New toys! Yippee!

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

Congrats on new weaving finds!!!
I love inkle weaving, very fun. My beginning weaving class was on that very same table loom.

Lois Evensen said...

Fantastic! There is nothing more exciting than getting new tools for projects you love to do. :)

Anonymous said...

Great finds! I am waiting to see if one one of those schact inkle looms comes along on the used market, if not will order one soon!
I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I am.

Nina said...

Beautiful raddle! I love the little inkle loom. Inkle weaving can be addictive though because it's fast and not horribly complicated. It's great seeing your results so quickly. It looks sturdy and a great size. A table loom can be handy too! Great haul.. congrats!

marion said...

Lucky you, all that new equipement. And thank you for your kind words at my blog. :>)

Anonymous said...

I may not weave, but I still think those are absolutely beautiful pieces of equipment!! :)

Sara said...

Oh, Oh, Oh....the table loom is what I am looking for! Lucky you!!!

Delighted Hands said...

I love new gadgets and these looms are great additions to the weaving room! Good for you!

Tina said...

I think you will like the adjustable dowel in the front of the Inkle loom, I know I do!

Sharon said...

I am always surprised at the amount of equipment floating around in the used market back East and have to curb my jealousy. I almost cried at the stuff and prices auctioned at the Maryland S&W show the year we were there. Count your blessings.

Deanna MacCrone Johnson said...

What fun to round out your loom collection! Good finds, all!

sheilabythebeach said...

Oh You Lucky Dog!
Those are great looking little guys, and yes, I can see you weaving at the beach!!!