Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Henning Band Loom repaired

The history: link back to earlier post about the Henning loom here.

We got the loom repaired but it hasn't been used due to all my time and energy going into setting up and running a business for the past 4 years (YarnMaker).

However, this month Sue Foulkes is running a band weaving workshop for the Yahoo list "Braids and Bands" on behalf of the Braid Society and she got in touch to ask about the Henning loom.

Link here to the Braids and Bands list homepage.

I did hope to make a pdf for the workshop about the loom, but I did not anticipate that shortly after discussing this with Sue one of our cats would be taken poorly with a tail wound and that after nursing her for a week she would have to have most of her tail amputated and then I would be nursing a cat recovering from a serious operation! She's doing very well now, and due to have stitches out on Tuesday, at which point she will also be liberated from the large plastic bucket collar and life should get back to normal.


(Pheobe, and yes that is a handspun, handwoven cat blanket!)

So, to the loom, as it looks today.




It had certainly been used for some part of its life and banging of the beater had shaken it apart at the joints. It had to be taken apart and all the joints re-glued. Then we added buffers (A) for the beater with rubbers (B) to reduce the impact.




The beater was not strong enough, it wiggle from side to side in use, so we re-enforced it with a solid block of wood.

The beater's sides were wider than the base they were supposed to be fitted to, so we spaced them out from the sides of the loom with washers.



And the new cherry wood seat is a considerable improvement on the hard narrow bench!


Down on the floor you can see shafts and heddles, I'm starting to assemble the loom for weaving. More easily done on a table of course.



More on this another day soon, it's lunchtime here and then I have to get back to the "day job" of YarnMaker.

Meanwhile, if you'd like an introduction to band weaving, do join the Yahoo list and have a go! 

The programme for the workshop is:
1) An introduction to weaving methods (starting now).
2) From 22nd March, exploration of three ways of weaving narrow bands to highlight the differences and similarities. 
3) From 8th April, how to design your own patterns


Sue Foulkes has a particular interest in Swedish woven bands and has published a few books and articles in which she shares her research and skills. She also gives talks and runs Guild workshops. You can purchase her books from Blurb (print on demand and very nice quality!) - see here.


1 comment:

Trapunto said...

Oh, the poor kitten! I hope your Phoebe recovers quickly and fully.

I do love what you've done to that loom. Such a good design is worth bettering. I'm sure you've given it a lot more years years of life, too.