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Monday, February 7, 2011
My beautiful, numbered, loom!
I have been wanting to post about this for awhile, and just haven't had the time!
I love my table loom- it is an 8 shaft Woolhouse Tools Carolyn loom. It is very sad, but Woolhouse is no longer producing their wonderful weaving tools. The Carolyn is by far the best table loom I have ever used!
I did, however, have one problem using it with my pea-brain: every time I pulled the levers down, I would have to count to see what number shaft I had raised. Observe this photo:
With plain weave it is pretty easy, but any pattern that calls for a sort of random assortment of shafts to be up at one time, well let's just say my husband was tired of me counting out loud every 10 seconds.
It is pretty typical practice to either use a Sharpie or a piece of masking tape to label your levers, but this is my beautiful baby!! I didn't want to mar her perfection with my chicken scrawl. My husband suggested the wood burner, but burnt chicken scrawl didn't really seem any better. Thus, the search began.
I looked at scrapbooking stickers, stencils, fabric numbers, but nothing looked right. What I had in my mind's eye was old type writer keys. Now, that would be cool. But try and find numbers 1-8 in one set for a price that wasn't as much as the loom... Time to blink my mind's eye and find something new.
What I found was:
How perfect is this???
Yes, I know. It's a ring... but you get what I was thinking don't you???
I contacted Tracy at 3Fine Design on Artfire and asked her if she could make me a set of leather discs numbered 1-8. Not only was she willing, but she even found me some thinner leather that would work better on my loom levers. She did a fantastic job! They are perfect. And I got to paint them myself.
They came like this
and then I got my paints out:
and did this!
Aren't they pretty? And then my beloved husband glued them on for me (he is way better with spatial relations)
The lowered shaft numbers are blue and purple (my personal favorite colors)
The raised shaft numbers are orange and yellow (my new personal favorite colors!)
Now I have the prettiest loom on the block. All thanks to the wonderful artist Tracy and her ability to not only figure out what I was talking about but to work with me to to get the perfect diameter and thickness.
I couldn't be happier. Well, maybe if we won the lottery, but barring that...