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July 12, 2018

getting all the necessary pipe at the plumber’s supply store took 15 minutes

pleasant and efficient

  several of the tradesmen were surprised to learn you could build a loom (what’s that?) from pipe

and it only took 30 minutes to assemble!

overall it is 54″ high – you need the extra length for the temporary, secondary warp

overall weaving width is approx. 10″

by changing the length of pipe the width can be increased

I’m to impatient to wait for a son the drill pieces for the jig ( don’t have a big enough drill bit)

I choose an alternative method

and hung two table loom bars from the top & bottom of the frame

it is a bit fussy to get exactly the correct measurements so will wait for a proper jig next time

the weaving warp is wound between the two steel bars

the loom has received a seal of approval

now to do my own warping…

meanwhile the builders have finished the front deck

it gets the afternoon/evening sun – I’ve been spinning out there

when the temperatures cool down I can replant the garden

the guys really got creative with the gate, a Japanese theme

they used bamboo for the deck railings and repeated them in the gate

I cut and trimmed the gate bamboo from my patch of black bamboo in the back yard

hopefully that will deter the deer

of course they can crawl under the cedar hedge – I’ve seen them do it!


16 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan permalink
    July 19, 2018 4:26 pm

    Loving the bamboo gate Jean.


    • July 20, 2018 10:17 am

      Bryan – the best part of it was how pleased the workmen were with their design. Hope it keeps the deer out.


  2. July 13, 2018 6:43 pm

    I love that you have the spider’s approval!


  3. Louisa permalink
    July 13, 2018 8:44 am

    Love the deck and the gate! What a great idea with the bamboo. We use ours mostly for exciting things like garden stakes. Glad you got your new loom assembled. I shall await the first project!


    • July 13, 2018 9:01 am

      Louisa – it was the builder’s idea to use bamboo in the deck railings but they sent me to look at iron gates and I hated what was available. When I asked if they could build something the same it seems to click some creative urge and they really got into it. Four neighbours have stopped by to tell me they love the gate. Warping the loom is a bit tricky – think I could have warped 16 harnesses at 60 epi in the same time!! Hopefully it will get faster.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    July 13, 2018 4:18 am

    It looks FANTASTIC, Jean! Your loom is so much bigger than mine, but then again mine has the capacity to grow quite a bit if I want. I though I’d start small. You will probably have three tapestries woven before I get mine warped.


    • July 13, 2018 8:35 am

      Velma – thank you, I’ve been working on my tiny lap loom for 7 months and am getting tired of balancing it on my knee. With the pipe loom I can sit in front of it and hopefully not struggle with dropping both the loom and the bobbins. I don’t see this as a race/competition as some of the group on FB seem to, plan to take my time. We can support each other.


      • vdbolyard permalink
        July 16, 2018 11:46 am

        No race, just a bit envious of your energy!


      • July 16, 2018 12:13 pm

        Velma – if you read some of the workshop FB posts some of the folks seem to think they need to race/win. Don’t normally do FB so I’ve stopped for the workshop as well. I work hard to maintain that energy, starting with meditating every day, good sleep, good food – and ignoring social media and too much news (they suck the life out of you!) And I’m 15 years older than you, gotta keep moving or I might grind to a halt.


  5. July 13, 2018 3:51 am

    Lots happening at your place, and it’s all good! I wish you didn’t live so far away–we have a huge tapestry loom that we got when we bought a 4-shaft loom–the people said we had to take both! It’s big and wooden and I don’t even know if all the parts are there. I’d love to find it a new home . . .


    • July 13, 2018 8:38 am

      Kerry – send me a picture of the loom, does it have a manufacturer’s name on it? I too wish we were closer, we could get into trouble at garage sales!


      • July 13, 2018 9:08 am

        If you send me your email address I can send a few photos–my email is I just looked again and I think it’s three different looms, sort of. All are made of wood. Two have notches in the wood at top and bottom, to serve sort of as a reed, I guess, for spacing the threads. The other mystifies me–it looks like three graduated frames, one within the other. All look homemade to me . . . but what do I know?!


      • July 13, 2018 10:16 am

        Kerry – looks like it is a very basic frame loom, as for the 3 in 1 I am just as mystified as you – some poor husbands idea of what the weaver wanted, which obviously didn’t work – the reason they gave it to you! Put it a garage sale, if you ever decide to take up tapestry weaving you want something better than that. And I do wish we were closer.


      • July 17, 2018 3:21 am

        Sorry–I’m just getting back to respond to comments (I’ve been weaving instead!) The people who gave us that stuff had bought it, and an old LeClerc Mira, for their daughter because they thought she was a weaver . . . but she was a quilter! And didn’t want any of the stuff! I plan to take your advice and get rid of the whole shebang!


      • July 17, 2018 8:19 am

        Kerry – happy to hear you are weaving.


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