Looms Have Personality and Year in Review Video

How do you keep five floor looms busy? You sit at them, one loom at a time. Each loom has its own personality. Or, just maybe, the personality of the loom is more about how the loom makes me feel when I’m active with the loom to turn threads into cloth.

The 120cm Glimåkra Standard Vertical Countermarch is my Queen of Looms.
Now: Spaced Rep rag rugs. Two more rugs on this warp.
Next: Jämtlandsdräll (Crackle) rag rugs

The 100cm Glimåkra Ideal Horizontal Countermarch is my Workhorse of Looms.
Now: Empty
Next: Pictorial Tapestry (subject matter to be determined)

The 70cm Isenhower Little Horizontal Countermarch is my Princess of Looms.
Now: Pictorial Tapestry sampler. Currently, “Figs and Coffee.”
Next: unknown

The 120cm Glimåkra Standard Horizontal Countermarch with Myrehed Combination Drawloom Attachment is my Gentle Giant of Looms.
Now: Being dressed for cottolin/linen napkins in 6-shaft broken twill
Next: unknown

The 70cm Glimåkra Julia Horizontal Countermarch is my Cinderella of Looms.
Now: Two-block broken twill cottolin/linen placemats
Next: Fabric for a stylish cape, using a vintage sewing pattern

Let’s take a look back to see how these looms showed their personalities in 2022!

What personality does your loom(s) have?

May your heart and soul flourish in the new year.

Happy Weaving New Year,

18 thoughts on “Looms Have Personality and Year in Review Video

    1. Hi Elisabeth, Every day is an adventure! I hope your new year of weaving is just as beautiful, creative, and fun!

      Happy Weaving,

  1. That’s an impressive collection and such a beautiful selection of projects!
    My 100 cm Glimåkra Ideal Horizontal Countermarch loom is one of a diverse group of tools in my workroom. As the only loom in the group, she’s graciously accepting diversity. For not always being the center of attention, her patience is admirable. She tolerates my imperfections as the inexperienced weaver I am. But when it’s finally her turn, I try to work with the compassion she deserves. Even if she’s not in use all the time, she’s never an inconvenience, just beautiful on her own.
    But maybe her true strength is sustainability; she’s long lasting, recyclable if necessary, and fully operational even when the power is out. Not to mention how she offers me an opportunity to reuse materials, to see the possibilities, the value and beauty, in fabrics considered worthless.

    Happy New Year, Karen! I hope your weaving journey will be as glorious and inspiring as always this year.

    1. Hi Elisabeth, Thank you for your contribution! You have a beautifully poetic way of describing your loom and processes.

      Happy New Year,

      1. Hi Karen, thank you!
        You really got me thinking with your blog post today, and I appreciate that!
        It made me realize what the tools I use represent for me, and how much I appreciate good tools. And also how I am able to so much more than I can by just using my own hands. It’s so easy to take good tools for granted.

  2. I enjoy seeing your beautiful weaving. That is an impressive collection of looms. I really need to get going with my limited abilities and put a loom or two to use. I’m wondering how wide your strips are for rag rugs.

    1. Hi Susan, Just a little push and you’ll have a loom turning out beautiful cloth. Most of my rag rug strips are about 3/4″ wide. Strips for the hem on the rug are about 1/2 that width.

      Happy weaving,

  3. Thank you for sharing your year of projects, as we begin a new year they are inspirational and motivating! Love the way I can search your blog to find information. Your posts are always a joy to receive.

    1. Hi Barb, I really appreciate your kind encouragement. I’m so glad you have been able to find helpful information on this site!

      Happy weaving,

  4. Your videos as well as your weaving are spectacular! I always enjoy both. You are definitely my inspiration, Karen.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    1. Hi Lynette, Thank you! Yes, the butterfly wings are woven in a 4-shaft tapestry technique that I learned from Joanne Hall.

      Happy New Year,

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