My Leclerc 4-harness counterbalanced foot loom.
Front beam - tension clamp?
My new old loom was gifted to me by Joan, owner of Heritage Spinning & Weaving, Lake Orion, MI. I’ve been musing with my loom for almost 2 years, where she’s been laying, sadly, in pieces in my drying barn…unused and unappreciated! YIKES! I’m told she once resided at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, MI. After some detective work, we believe it is a Leclerc MIRA as far as we can tell?
We didn’t install the harnesses since we don’t have the tie-up cord(s). I’m told I may be able to use good old fashioned clothesline from the local hardware store?
Earlier this summer, I played host to a group of Heritage fiber artists at a drum carding play day. The ladies couldn’t help but notice my loom – collecting dust – in the barn and offered to help organize a ‘loom building party’ to put her back together. Well, thanks to Stacey, these days my loom is beginning to appear more like a loom; we were missing parts (lever & mechanism for back beam tension brake) and apparently have extra parts. Judging from the condition of the heddles, and perhaps other parts require replacement. I’ll need to make a wish list for sure. I’m hoping to get her functional and ‘singing’ soon!!?? I’d love to weave rugs and blankets with my very own sheepies wool.
Front beam tension brake...?
I think we’re missing the brake/tension mechanism on the back beam, same side.
These are the ‘extra’ parts. Could it be a trapeze?
I forgot to mension my loom is a big girl, approx 68″ wide. I was sooooo hoping she would fit into my family room, which she does, but only if I never want to open the french door to the back porch again! lol Now I’m re-thinking that I’ll give her a place of honor in my STUDIO…that is, reduce the footprint/floor space dedicated to my farm shop, basically downsize, since I’m rethinking the biz, to only offer farm-raised, hand-made items. Well, maybe the occasional few novelty prim/folky sheepies.
Still a ways from being functional, but I’m getting there with the help of fellow fiber friends. Pls stay tuned for progress…