Saving a Loom

It's June already!
This has been quite a year for us,
with selling our house,
searching for a new one,
and moving.
Then cleaning/fixing/unpacking/painting all at once.
We're not done yet, but I've put what boxes are left
into the spare bedroom
and shut the door.
If I can't see them, 
they don't exist,

Last week I had the opportunity to help someone whose mother is a weaver. 
Her mom had a grand collection of looms,
 but they had been stuffed/jammed into a garage. 
So some of the looms were together, 
others were in heaps on the floor. 
There were tapestry looms, floor looms, table looms, yarn, shuttles, etc.,
with parts scattered all over the place.
We pulled them out and started sorting.
Five hours later we had things sorted as well as possible,
and hopefully she will be able to sell things to make some money for her mom.

As a thank you, I was given two older Glimakra floor looms.
I'm jazzed!!
One-because I love restoring old looms, 
and two-I know I saved these from maybe going into a dumpster
since the parts for these looms were all over the place.

This past weekend I sanded down the smaller of the two looms,
and I think that it is an Ideal floor loom.
This is how it looks so far:

I don't know if the beams are placed correctly, as I was going off a small photo 
from an online forum.
Some of the lamms are missing, and a few small parts
are missing, but I should be able to order those.
So the next step is to wipe a varnish on,
and restore the beauty of this loom.

I just finished weaving yardage for a summer vest, 
where I pulled various cones of yarn from my stash 
to make an interesting combination.
It's a great way to use up small amounts of yarn.

I haven't done any clothes sewing in years,
but I'm excited to make this vest to wear!

I'm sewing a baby quilt, 
and hopefully will be able to share that with you soon.

I can't tell you how nice it is to sit down and write a blog post!!

Can I tell you a funny
(now it's funny,
at the time not so much)
moving story?

I meant to pack my sewing machine myself, 
but I got busy at the last,
and the movers packed it.
So fast forward to our new house,
and I wanted to set up my sewing machine.
I pull out the machine from the box,
and that was all that was in the box.
No foot pedal.
No plug in cord.
No knee lift.

I almost had a melt down.
I was surrounded by boxes,
just wanting to put my machine together
so that I could at least see it, 
you know?
My husband came to the rescue,
and started opening boxes until we found the parts.
The power cord was with all of the other power cords.
I guess that makes sense in a weird sort of way,
to put ALL of the power cords together
in one box.
then you have a bird's nest of cords 
to sort through and figure out what goes with what.

So the moral of the story is,
if you have a move coming up,
pack your sewing machine yourself!

Recently our youngest son,
came for a visit so we spent some time exploring
the area on our bikes.
It was simply awesome being able to cycle together
and to take in the views.

Have a great week,


  1. Judy, always busy, helpful and independent, that' you. Your weaving is interesting and I'm looking forward to see how you will continue working.

  2. Hi, Judy! I'm glad I chose today to finally stop long enough to check out some blogs! I've been remiss. And I've missed you. That old new loom looks wonderful. I hope you can find the parts you need to get it up and running. Your area looks pretty. You'll have to share more pics! Let's see that quilt you're working on! Have a great week! XO

  3. Lovely to find you in my inbox this morning Judy - great to read your news with my morning coffee! Great work with sorting out those looms and with setting up your new acquisition - I hope you are able to get hold of the parts you need. I see you have had time to weave which is wonderful, I love your colours. Looking forward to seeing more of your work and your countryside. xx

  4. We had a move once where the packers packed up the house for us. But where was the silverware? Finally found it in the very last box we unpacked at the bottom of the stacks, totally labeled incorrectly. I think we had to buy plastic ware to get by! I can see you're tickled about your new loom. Must be fun to do a restoration and put it to good use. Your weaving is delightful!

  5. Wow! Your work is always beautiful!

  6. It's so good to see you here, again!
    The loom does look like a Glimakra Ideal. I have a Standard and a Julia and I adore them! If you haven't set up a countermarch or counterbalance before, there's a learning curve, but once you get there, they're Wonderful! They're so comfortable to weave on. I'd never go back!
    So, weaving, quilting and biking. It sounds like life is getting back to normal! I look forward to seeing your progress!

  7. Oh! A new old loom! Lucky you.
    Love your new weaving. Looking forward to seeing your summer vest.
    Enjoy the summer in your new surroundings!


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