Saturday, May 31, 2014
Yes, I now have a proper 4 shaft floor loom!
I answered an ad for a secondhand floor loom on Gumtree ... it was only $250 and looked in good condition, so I thought I'd grab it ;) It was coming from Port Pirie, and the son was coming down to Adelaide anyway, so kindly delivered it to us.
After looking at the LeClerc website, I decided it was probably an Artisant from the early 80s. Some very helpful weavers on Facebook confirmed this for me, and suggested I look for a sticker which would confirm the model, date and month of manufacture. And here it is!
So, confirmed as an Artisat from June 1979 ;)
The lady who owned it is in her mid 80s, hasn't woven for a while and is moving to a small unit. She included EVERYTHING with the loom, including boat shuttles, cotton, rag for rag rugs, lots and lots of lease sticks, a bobbin winder, warping board, books, Handwoven magazines from the 80s, and lots of stuff that I haven't figured out yet ;) She also included this note:
How lovely is that?? I gave her son one of my infinity scarves to give to her ;)
At this point of time, Anita and I have taken the back beam and the beater upstairs - hopefully tomorrow the rest will follow, and I can put it back together again ... and then figure out how to warp this one up!
Wish me luck!