Friday, June 1, 2012

baby loom

OK, so this came in the post for me yesterday:


It's a '16" Big Sister Loom' from Mirrix - I decided that I needed a table loom for the rest of the year's assessments (since my large tapestry will be taking up my other loom for the rest of the year), and I really hate using this basic frame (it hurts my back, and is difficult to use at a finer warp sett).

If I was handy, I would make my own miniature scaffold frame ... but I'm not ;)  So I had to make a decision about how serious I really was about this tapestry thing - and decided that this is what I really want to do with my artwork.

I've collected some old 80s goth images that will form the basis for a series of Goth/Deathrock Subculture tapestries and needlepoints in the future.  I'm still refining the large tapestry design, since I'm not very good at submitting a 'final' design and sticking to it - it will probably turn out quite differently. 

This weekend, I'm going to warp up this loom and experiment with adding other elements to the hair so it's not just a mass of plain black weaving ... maybe add in some dark grey to suggest movement?  Not sure, I'm just thinking in print - will post pics of what I come up with ;)

6 comments:

  1. looks good - enjoy using it!

    did you get it from overseas or here in oz?

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    1. Overseas - from the Mirrix website ;)

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  2. HI Michelle, it looks interesting. I have only used the loom we were given through RMIT, we put paid for it but the money wasn't banked if we returned it at the end of the semester, so I suppose we actually bought them. Anyway. I haven't used a bar, is it for making ties to pull the shed apart?
    I know what you mean about the other loom and sore backs. It actually looks a lot like the looms we used on our trip to France last year and it was definitely not ideal.

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    1. I think the bar is to change the shed (with the handle on the side) - I'm still in the process of warping it up (it's far more complicated than my Ashford large loom!), so I haven't figured everything out yet ;)

      What sort of loom did you use at RMIT?

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  3. Michelle,
    it was basically a rectangle that you could clamp to a table, it was metal, rounded. It comes apart, top and bottom, you can fit the top into the bottom with a screw that allows you to change the tension. I'll take a photo of it and send it to you. Actually, you can see one here (http://mary-marymac.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/another-good-date-to-be-blogging-1212.html) and here (http://mary-marymac.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/tapestry-weavers-group-meets-again.html). But I will try to take a better photo and send it to you in the next few days. And I will measure it to let you know how big it is. It does A4 images easily.

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    1. Ah yes, I know what you mean! And thanks for your email ... I tried to reply, but am having problems with my Outlook at the moment ... grrr!!! ;)

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