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Submitted by islandweaver on Fri, 07/06/2018 - 01:16
Anyone else have a Barbara V loom from Thought products? I am wanting to set mine up countermarche and would be grateful if any one had photos in this set up?
- bcause on this new version of Weavo I can't see the first post of a thread... thus, I have no idea what you want to know.
I need help. I have used the Peter's Collingswood universal tie -up but my lams are not even. Some are almost laying on the treddles. I would love to visit with someone the owns a Harrisville countermarch rug loom.
<p>I'm wondering if you managed to convert your loom to a countermarche?</p><p>I have a Cassandra loom made by same company. I don't weave anything on it that requires a whole lot of tension because it is not a 'square' design.</p><p>Suzi</p>
I am not familiar with the Cassandra, but my Barbara IV came with cable brakes on both warp and cloth beams. This was supposed to make it possible to adjust the tension finely, but I found it was endlessly fiddly and would not hold enough tension to do rep. I replaced the warp drum with a ratchet and pawl from Leclerc. The barbara IV will not do countermarche.
<p>I have recently purchased a Barbra IV loom, and am looking for extra bits and pieces. Does anyone know where to look?</p>
Care to tell what bits and pieces are? Thought Products has been out of business for a very long time, so your best bet is a hardware store, depending on what you need.
<p>I'm looking for the tubes for the jack loom set up, and four more frames.</p>
If you can't make the frames yourself, I would see a woodworker, and make the tubes out of aluminum tubing, dowels, finishing nails and glue. As I said, Thougt Products has been gone for some time.
<p>Thanks for being so quick to respond, I'm very new to online forms, and "lost" this thread for a bit, lol. I will begin my quest for a talented wood worker in northern MN. Thanks again!</p>
Have you woven on this loom with four shafts? Before you put any money into the loom, get to know it. Try a couple 4 shaft warps, weaving things that you want to weave on this loom. The shafts on this loom are not very close together, which may give you shed problems, or at least uncomfortable treadling. With four more shafts, the distance from the first shaft to the 8th is longer than on most other looms. So, get to know the loom by weaving on it.
Joanne has a good point. As I said in my PM, the shed with the jack confituration is quite small. The CB configuration can work, but can be difficult to get a clear shed with 8 shafts. The six you have is about ideal for this loom, and though you say that is just 4 shed work, you can adapt 4 shaft patterns to six, or use the extra 2 for selvedges. Four shafts are easier to thread, tie up and treadle, and many people spend their whole weaving lives working with four shafts. As you become more experienced, you may find that there are things you want to do that take more than the shafts that you have. Having about 9 looms spanning 1750-2009, including the Barbara IV, I think your time and money would be better invested in a different 8 shaft loom. After I wrestle the current rep warp (or give up on getting clear sheds and move it) I will use Barbara for making very loosely woven and fulled wool blankets, which the round beams will do well, These looms are very pretty and unusual, and there are reasons why nobody else makes looms like these.