Yesterday, I folded up my 36" Harrisville Floor Loom so that it could be put into storage. Does this mean I am through with weaving? No.......it means I am getting a NEW LOOM! YEA!!!!! :)
I am not going to try and sell my Harrisville....at least not at this time. I hope that someday I will have a large enough space that it, too, can be set up and be a part of my studio (maybe to teach my granddaughter, Abigail, to weave?). It is a little small for me, but I've "made do" and have woven many pieces that I have been happy with, so I'm just not ready to part with it.
Here is a photo of the "fiber" room, minus the weaving bench. I'd already taken it downstairs before realizing I hadn't taken a photo of the room "before" the new loom. Yep, I was too lazy to go back down and bring it back for the photo.
When I'd brought the Harrisville home, it had been folded up, but only partway. I wanted it to be as small as it could be since it was going to take up storage space and there is little enough of that as it is. Also shown in the photo is the wooden platform that I built for under the loom, so that it would raise it up enough to allow my legs more comfort. The beater and harnesses had already been taken downstairs, too.
A better view showing the slimness of the folded loom.
The fiber room awaiting my new floor loom.
Pictured below, my new loom will be a 40" weaving width (100 cm), Oxaback Lilla, a Swedish 8 shaft (harness) vertical countermarche floor loom. It has a slightly larger footprint than my Harrisville, about 4 1/2 " wider and 12" deeper, but will probably seem much larger in the space due to its height. A countermarche loom is a totally new experience for me (not that I have a lot of weaving experience to begin with) and I am very excited to have a loom that will challenge me to go beyond what I know. This "old dog" is about to learn some new tricks. ;)