Sunday, December 13, 2009

Introducing Emilia

Here's my newest little loom: an Emilia rigid heddle loom by Glimakra.

These first few weeks of our relationship (is that the right term for a human/loom interaction?) have been bumpy, but seem to be resolving.

The biggest challenges have been the way the uprights sit (or don't sit) on the table...see how they are resting on the point, not flat on the cut angle? ....and getting a decent shed.

The shed issue has been mostly resolved by increasing the tension on the warp. The angle of the uprights on the table hasn't been resolved yet, but they work and don't mar my table, so it will be ok.

The warp on the loom? That is my next attempt at collapse weave. It's stripes of mercerized cotton and handspun wool singles. It's completely experimental--I'll let you know how it works out! :)


Kim said...

Is it tilted like that so it can sit in your lap? I've seen photos with weavers holding other small looms, like the Cricket and Ashford, in their laps while weaving. If I ever purchase a small loom, I may end up with a Emilia.

Jessica said...

I don't think that holding the Emilia on my lap would work, but I haven't tried it. I like having the loom on a table so that both hands are free to pass the shuttle back and forth.