Loom Care

How to care for your loom

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Proper maintenance and cleaning of your loom, will keep it in good running order. If your loom came with cleaning and maintenance instructions, follow them. If you purchased a used loom, without instructions, the following list should help you extend the life of your loom.

double beam countermarche loom

**The following tips have been revised with suggestions from Bill Koepp (Weaving since 1975, woodworking since 1952)

1. Metal parts of the loom should be cleaned with a cloth and oiled using sewing machine oil. Use silicone spray on nylon or plastic parts.
** The use of Pam is not recommended as it contains Canola Oil, Alcohol and
Lecithin. This adds up to a sticky residue sooner or later

2. Rust can be cleaned from reeds with powdered pumice. Using a stiff brush and pumice, scrub the reed to strip the rust off. Then oil the reeds well.

** Pumice should be kept well away from brakes and bearings, it is
an abrasive and not to be breathed in.

3. Tighten all bolts and screws securely. If bolts are loose, this can cause permanent damage to the loom, with the excessive beating that a loom has to withstand. The wood can be crushed, screws stripped and bolt holes enlarged.

4. In warm or changing climates, it is especially important to clean and wax or oil hardwood regularly to prevent drying and cracking of wood. Varnished surfaces can be dusted and cleaned with lemon oil.

For stained or unvarnished wood, use boiled linseed oil or lemon oil. Rub it on with a soft cloth and let dry.
** Linseed Oil – Boiled or raw, one should be an expert to use it, you can
end up with a sticky mess, depending upon the temperature, humidity and the
old finish underneath.

Lemon oil has a more pleasant odour.

** Lemon Oil – Lemon Oil
is Mineral oil with 1 percent of synthetic lemon scent, you’re paying more
for the same oil and mineral oil is almost odorless anyways ( it used to be
called paraffin oil years ago ), smell a baby !
Bill Koepp recommends: Johnson’s paste wax.

5. If using loom tie cords (not texsolv) coating them with beeswax can protect them from drying out.

Hand Weaving Books
Weaving on a Little Loom (Everything you need to know to get started with weaving, includes 5 simple projects

The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave
Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts
Double Weave: Theory and Practice<
Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)
Weaving In the Arts: Widening the Learning Circle
DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows and More!
>On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide

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I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi