Weaving: Old leClerc Loom Repairs and Modernization

I got this old LeClerc loom that is in need
of repair and updating. So I thought I’d invite you along to see how we did it. What we did
right and what we did’nt do right in the beginning, but it ended up right in the end.
This is Judith StClaire. Let’s get started. You can see, if you look by that brace – that
metal brace in the back – there is a little protrusion of metal back behind. That is the
sectional warp beam. It’s not a good thing if you want to warp from the front. And it
is very, very heavy. So, I decided I was going to take the extensions off and just make it
into a regular back beam. Okay, now it’s time to deal with the brake. So, I went on line
and I found the LeClerc company and bought a whole new system. And then I conned my son
into helping me put it together. It works fine. You can see by the outline how it was
supposed to work. Well, that’s pretty much how we got the thing to work. It holds and
it releases when it should release. It’s dependable. What more do you want in a brake? Right?
Now, I go to the back beam. This is kind of a funny part. What we were doing in this picture
is trying to strengthen a metal bar. It’s hard to believe how strong little bitty strings
of yarn are. But, when you get 400 of them, then you could bend anything. So, we put a
dowl on it, and, of course, that didn’t work. You see, the object is to get space between
the beam and the bar because you want to get the ends of the yarn as close to the heddles
as you can – and still weave, of course – because you want to eliminate as much loom waste as
possible. So, guess what. My son comes to the rescue again. He drilled five holes evenly
spaced all across the beam and then we strung Texsolv through the holes, looped it back
on itself and made a loop on the other end to hook to the bar. It worked just perfectly.
And it’s so straight. Now look at the left hand side of this picture. There is the whole
back. All fixed up. All straight and ready to weave. Now let’s look at the front. You
see the apron. Look at the bar. Isn’t it warped? There are hardly enough strings going over
it to hold it in. I put a little dowel in front of the apron, but it warped, too. A
pine dowel is just not strong enough. So why not do the same thing to the front as we did
to the back? So, while my son was there with a drill in his hand, guess what. It’s a good
thing I had a lot of Texsolv. There it is! Done and all lined up. My first priority:
Green towels. Since you have to crawl under the loom, I decided to leave the treadles
for last. You see those pins? Each goes through a set of eyes. The original tie-up took forever
and you were scrunched under the loom for hours, it seemed. So, I invented this system
of Texsolv on Texsolv and it works like a dream. You can see it in the picture much
better than I can explain it. Our remodel job is complete. Here’s how it was. And here
is the outcome. Oh, the leg weights on the loom will make it heavier so I can beat harder
because this is a rug warp. Interesting the optical illusion on the warp. It’s kind of
strange. That’s it. We’re done. Thanks for joining me. Come back again.

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