Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Minerva Loom!

The loom is in excellent shape. She bought it new years ago and other than dust, it's fine. Ok, there's tons of tape marks...she went wild binding everything up with masking tape. I'll have to find some kind of solvent that will take off 15 year old masking tape.

I think there's a crank missing that she can't find. There are two reeds but they're a bit rusty. Hubby thinks the rust can be cleaned off. It's missing the treadle hooks. I have thick wires that I can use.

It took me forever trying to figure out the brake thing. From what I can tell from the diagrams on the Leclerc website, I may have to take the whole thing off and start from scratch.

I got got a huge bag of bobbins and a bobbin winder but she couldn't find the boat shuttle. The warping board was in excellent condition but her husband had taken it apart and now it's missing a side. Not terribly useful, a three-sided warping board.

There are cords all over the place that I haven't worked out what they do. I think it's going to take me a while to figure everything out.


  1. Anonymous8:39 am

    It sounds fun. What size is it? If it's a floor loom, some cords might be used to connect a plank/bar across the back with the ends of the treadles/pedals. I never really understood them, but they were there. (I have forgotten most of my terminology-horrendous)

  2. Congratulations! You must take pictures of your new baby so we can all ooooohhhhh and aaaaaahhhhhh over her. ;)

  3. Anonymous10:03 am

    Right on. Welcome to weaving, time ot increase the stash,

  4. woo-hoo! Thanks for posting the pix; I'm over from Ravelry to see -- I think the folks opining that the mystery cord might be to keep things in place during travel may be spot on.

    I've only read about friction brakes, but hear great things about them from users who love 'em better than the ratchet-and-pawl setup I'm used to; I'd love to hear your thoughts about it as you get into the weaving / adjusting.

    You can find boat shuttles on ebay from time to time, or the Village Spinning & Weaving in Solvang carry most all brands (and are very nice folks). How splendid to have the bobbin winder ($100 thing) and only to build a warping board and get a shuttle ($15 - $30 thing) before leaping into the fiber!

    in Redwood City, CA