I spent yesterday at Linda's,
Bertha is the hundred inch loom.
We put warp on seven feet of warp beam.
Tying new warp ends onto the guide threads left in the tension box.
The tension box is on the back beam,
held in place by the very large C clamp.
I cranked fifty revolutions into each of forty three two inch sections.
I haven't dressed a loom for more than ten years.
("Dressed" is the proper term for putting on warp.)
One shoulder is sore today.
Linda watched that the warp went smoothly between the thread guides.
We warped from the middle to each end.
About half down the first half of the beam.
Half done, we went for a break.
Putting on a new set of spools of warp.
You can see the spool size left from the first half
won't get us through the second half.
Ready to rock and roll, second end.
Can you believe the amount of stuff Linda has stacked up between the back beam and the harnesses.
It will need a new home if there will be any weaving here.
This is Chappie, wanting in.
If I had opposable thumbs, I'd be in there!
No fooling, it's over, except for the clean up, and...
Counting, to be sure.
The equivalent of measure twice and cut once, if you're a fellow and have followed so far.
This is an old picture of Linda, tying a new warp onto the remnants of the last warp. The new warp will be pulled through all the heddles and tied to the take up beam's apron. Then the weaving can begin.
Linda hates this picture.
But, she did include it with a show application once, when a picture of the artist at work was required.
She titled it "You wonder what we do!"
Here are two more pictures of Bertha.
This is in New York, when Bertha arrived in boxes and needed assembled.
I can't even guess when this was taken. Mid nineties, perhaps.
Still New York.
Bertha originally had one inch sections. I could not convince Linda to pull every other pin and have two inch sections. I helped her warp the first time, into those tiny one inch sections.
My daughter Beth (yellow shirt) and Linda's niece Lynne were there for the second warp.
Beth is a weaver, too.
She told Lynn, these one inch sections have to go, and they did it.
Linda's mother was horrified at the audacity of the two girls!