This is my sister.
I love her with all my heart.
She's the only sister I have.
We are here for each other, through thick and thin.
Life has not been kind to my sister lately.
Then I gave it a second complete coat, lovingly rubbing it in and watching the finish come alive with the golds and reds and browns that are inherent of red oak. What a beautiful loom.
Then I advanced any of the old exposed warp forward through the entire mechanism of the loom to the front. It was already threaded through the heddles and the reed, in a complicated pattern. I wanted to save it if I could.
I cut off anything pulled forward that was not usable. I repaired a few broken ends and untwisted a few pieces.
I wasn't sure if the warp would be strong enough to weave on. I wouldn't know that until I tied it all up and tensioned it off. I spent an afternoon getting it all ready and decided to give it a try. Lo and behold it was strong enough to keep weaving on! I knew the warp was old but it seemed pretty sturdy. I wove up a header for the beginning of a rug. Nothing broke. I grabbed up some rags and started weaving with dark colors that would show off the beautiful threaded pattern. I beat harder and all of the threads held!
Steve put the legs up on a furniture dolly and we rolled it out into the garage until it can be picked up and brought to her home in Michigan.
For my weaving friend readers who are curious, this is the threading and tie up of the loom to do a basic rosepath twill. This is the pattern that was already threaded up in a nice stripe with harmonious colors.
I will always be here for you, Linda.
Love, your big sister Karen