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Vanquishing Bergman Tie-Ups

Beauty, my 45″ Bergman loom, has been calling me to weave.   Everything, anything else I was doing, but I could not escape the angst I felt about not using the Bergman.

I was bothered by a couple points; I had sorted out 800-plus string heddles (the wrong way — see “To Meddle With Treddles And Heddles“, and I did not have any tie-up cord.  I did not want to use texsolv, as I wanted to preserve the original look of the Bergman, which was cotton clothesline cording.  I checked at the major hardware stores in my area, Lowes and Home Depot, to no avail.  Nothing dense, non-stretchy, and made of natural fibres to be had.  I planned to spin flax, but finally chose ramie as a slightly easier material to work with.  After spinning a fair amount, I found it difficult to ply enough to make the necessary thickness (I would have to spin, ply, and cable ply something like ten of the singles I was producing).  However, the resulting samples were tooooo stretchy.  I turned my efforts to braiding a cord, either by lucet or kumihimo.  I never got as far as kumihimo, as I found my most tightly-braided lucet cord even more stretchy than my cabled plies, and took forever to produce even a foot.  Why muster any enthusiasm to re-sort the heddles when there was not cording to be had?  I was flummoxed.

Last Wednesday, I began a correspondence with Kati Reeder Meek, a long-time Bergman weaver and weaving instructor.  Her inspirational words to me were: “I get my cord from Ace Hardware”.  I was saved!  She told me of the Ace-branded 3/16″ sash cord.  It was after 10 pm (stores were closed) before I had that information, so I put my time to good use by clearing out the boxes where my loom wings needed to unfold and my bench needed to sit.

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With the loom folded, there is just enough pathway to access the other side.  Some day, I might post on something to the effect of “I Started Weaving And Cleaned Up My Act.”  (DH says, “Oh yeah, except for the four looms stacked outside.”)

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After breakfast the next morning, I looked neither left nor right,  neither dithered nor dallied; but hied myself away to the small Ace Hardware store three minutes away to get some sash cord.  (The joke is that both Lowes and Home Depot are at least fifteen minutes farther…)  Look what I found instead!!!

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Wonder of wonders, the braided rope is an even better size match to the original cord on my loom, and even comes bound with a velcro strap, handy for a myriad of purposes!  At 9/64″, it’s slightly thinner than the sash cord:

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And, it’s cheap!  I purchased six bundles for less than $27.00; that was enough cording for all 160 holes in the upper and lower lamms.  By nighttime, I had cut all the cords and dipped three inches of the ends (one end per cord) in beeswax.  Kati uses dilute white glue to harden the ends; I decided on beeswax because it dries faster, and I love the smell.  Immediately when dipping the ends in wax, I used disposable chopsticks to squeese any excess liquid down; it is important to keep the ends as thin as possible.

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Using information from Trapunto, I cut the eighty, 17″ lower lamm cords, and eighty, 23″ upper lamm cords.  Her site is a treasure trove of Bergman lore!  For other Bergman delights, check out Deborah’s site; she “found” her loom after I found Beauty, but has been weaving merrily away for months already.

Prior to coming to my home, my Bergman had been sitting, unused, in someone’s garage for thirty years.  Except for  cording, she is amazingly complete.  This was fortunate for me, as I only needed to duplicate the lengths of the cord present, and mimic the manner of stringing.  I missed only one loop from the treddles; a bit of copper wire served very well as a threading needle:

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By midnight, I had cords in the holes of every lamm.  As there were only six original cords, I replaced them for uniformity (new cords would stretch more than the old).

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Only five of the cords were difficult to thread, “but when she was bad, she was very bad indeed”.  I was very glad for the extra slimness of this rope over sash cord.  Pulling hard on the cords while rolling on the beeswax end helped to stretch it thin enough to thread.  You couldn’t do that with glue-tipped ends!  (Well, you may not need to…)  When two of the holes did not thread even with the thinnest cord ends, it turned out that they were blocked by dust from thirty years’ storage.  Keep something like an awl or thin dowel on hand for this!  Trapunto recommended starting with 40 cords each for the upper and lower lamms.  I cut all 160, with a hope that I could leave them all on the lamms and never bother with threading the holes again.  I don’t know if that would work or not; when I began the tie-up, it was too messy and confusing to deal with, so I removed the extras at that time.  For the next project on this loom, I’ll do my tie-up first, beam on the warp, then do any adjustments to the tie-up afterwards.

I re-sorted some of my heddles; for older countremarche looms, it’s best to keep the shafts as light as possible by putting on only the heddles needed.  I did not have a pattern in mind at the time, so I counted out five hundred heddles, figuring on fifty heddles per shaft plus some extras for repeats.

It took an afternoon for this mess:

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To become this:

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I used plastic binder rings and safety pins to separate and organise:

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I chose a pattern that required only thirteen or fourteen heddles on six of the shafts, and thirty-nine on the remaining two.  I decided to leave the extra heddles on the shafts, with the clips still intact.  If I ever get around to sorting the remaining heddles, I might put them on and check the resulting performance.

Metal pin rods come with the Bergman to lock the cloth beam into place:

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Are these absolutely necessary?  I’m a bit worried that if I take up the breast beam and forget about these, I’ll bend or snap them when folding in the front wings.

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At this point, the jacks must be locked in place in the castle with locking pins (that look just like the pins locking the cloth beam above).  Only after the tie-up is complete, and ready to weave are the locking pins in the jacks removed.

The shafts are suspended from the jacks on two sides, and need to be adjusted to an even height by adding or subtracting loops from the side hooks:

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After the shafts are even, adjust the cord from the (middle of the) bottom shaft bar to the upper lamms until the lamms are at the same height.

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Metal wire runs from the jacks down to the lower lamms.  Please note that the wire for each lower lamm needs to fall behind the corresponding upper lamm.  The wires are suspended between the two sets of jacks by seine cording.  After the wires are connected to the lower lamms, adjust them (lower lamms) for height by adding or subtracting loops of the seine to the hooks :

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As Beauty’s inaugural warp, I decided to set myself up to succeed by winding 166 ends of thick Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton for dish towels, to be sett at 10 epi.  I do have the Bergman warping reel, but I recently purchased an old Gilmore warping board to create more even warps.  The silverware drawers under the fish tank was the only place I could prop the board to wind at a comfortable height.

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I suspended the two selvedges from wood pirns; I hope to create selvedge spools eventually.

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The warp unwinds from under the warp beam, over the back beam (through raddle, back-to-front), then under the back beam forward towards the heddles.  I thought I had cut plenty of wood sticks to pack the warp beam, but I ran out quickly, and had to finish with paper.

My warp (on original lease sticks) brought to the front of the loom:

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I cut slits into plastic foam (computer) packing to hold the lease sticks apart.  I still tie the ends with yarn just in case!

Bergman looms abound in thoughtful touches.  There are hooks under the castle to suspend lease sticks for ease of heddle threading.  First, I tried the front set of hooks (I had to use the velcro straps from the rope!):

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I preferred the second set of hooks closer to the warp beam:

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I sat on a low (8″) stool, and the the warp threads were at the perfect height for threading the heddles:

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I lost the metal screw (the previous owner only had the one) that held the beater cap in place on the beater, so I found some very thick copper wire and made new locking pins:

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With the beater lashed into place, it’s time to sley the reed!

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Unfortunately, my warp threads just skim the the lower part of my heddle eyes; it’s recommended that they run through the eye centres.

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The remedy for this is to adjust the seine cording on both sides of the shafts to lower them; unfortunately for me, most of my shafts are already at their lowest possibility (you can see this in my earlier photo above).  This means I need to replace the seine with some of longer length.  I decided to leave these as they are for now, and play “wait and see”.

I tried to work on the treddle tie-up from the front of the loom.  I lifted up the front beam (with the warp and apron) and set it back on its pegs on the castle, for easier access to the treddles:

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I even took the treddles off the front wings and laid them flat on the floor so I could sit on them while making a preliminary tie-up.

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With the cramped space I had behind me, it just wasn’t comfortable.  As this loom is not too heavy, it was just easier for me to move the loom forward temporarily, and work from the back.  The first thing I did was remove any unneeded cording; it was too messy to sort all the cords, and I had no idea whether they would hamper the weaving if I left them on.

Before this, I have only tied up my Rasmussen table loom to floor treddles in a direct tie-up.  I had heard many reports of countremarche tie-ups to be difficult and confusing.  I feel they are neither!  Not even more complicated, just more cords to tie.  Again: Tying up a countremarche is NOT mysterious or difficult!

My loom has eight shafts and ten treddles.  For each of the eight shafts, there is a set of corresponding upper and lower lamms.  Each lamm has ten holes, each corresponding to a treddle.

Because there are only four loops on each of my treddles; I dedicate the first loop to attaching any cords from (lamms corresponding to) shafts one and two, the second loop for cords from shafts three and four, the third for shafts five and six, and the fourth for seven and eight.

Important points to remember for countremarche  looms: 1) Lower lamms raise a shaft up, while upper lamms bring a shaft down, and 2) Any time a portion of the shafts are raised, the rest of the shafts need to be lowered.

If, for example, we decide to tie treddle one to raise shafts 1, 3, and 5; then it must also lower shafts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8.  Since treddle one is to be tied up, only the cords from the first hole (directly over the treddle) of all the lamms will be used.  To raise shafts 1, 3, and 5; remove cords (from the first hole of each lower lamm) corresponding to shafts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8.  To lower shafts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8;  remove the cords (again, the first hole on the upper lamms) corresponding to shafts 1, 3, and 5.  I would tie up as follows:
Treddle one, loop one: Tie up cords corresponding to shaft 1 on the lower lamm and shaft 2 on the upper lamm
Treddle one, loop two: Tie up cords corresponding to shaft 3 on the lower lamm and shaft 4 on the upper lamm
Treddle one, loop three: Tie up cords corresponding to shaft 5 on the lower lamm and shaft 6 on the upper lamm
Treddle one, loop four: Tie up cords corresponding to shafts 7 and 8 on the upper lamm (nothing from the lower lamm!)

Believe me, it’s a lot more complicated to write up than to tie-up!

I had chosen Doramay Keasbey’s plaited twill pattern #366 from Carol Strickler’s book of eight-shaft patterns.  Treddling sequence was simple: from eight down to one in order.  For my tie-up, I decided to dedicate treddles one and six for plain weave.  (One raises shafts 1, 3, 5, and 7.)   See the first “column” of holes on the far left:

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These are the lower lamms; you can see the metal wires connecting to the lamms on the upper right-hand side.

I also decided to alter the treddle sequence (from 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) to: 2, 7, 3, 8, 4, 9, 5, and 10.  (1 and 6 reserved for plain weave.)  In retrospect, the next time I do this tie-up, I would reserve treddles 1 and 10 for plain weave, then alter to treddle as 2, 9, 3, 8, 4, 7, 5, and 6.  I think this would be easier for my feet to find the correct treddles without my looking.

Bergman documentation recommends that, for a height guide,  to place the beater cap above the treddles, but below the front wings just under the hinges.  I lashed mine into place:

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Looking from the front at the lower lamms, you can see that the cords from the upper lamms are placed directly in front of the lower lamm it corresponds to (hole is empty on the lower lamm):

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Tie-up finally complete!

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I looped the ends loosely around the cords; as my first tie-up on Beauty, I wanted it to look especially spiffy.  In the future, I won’t bother.  (Time to remove the pins locking the jacks in place in the castle!)  I was able to throw the first pick in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Nothing like the sight of a clean shed to gladden the heart after many hours of work!

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(The warp running midway between the top and bottom threads is a selvedge.)

My treddle (6-1/2″) and lamm heights all differed from the recommended.  I have no shuttle race, only the slightest of ledges on my beater.  However, I’d like the bottom of my shed lowered slightly to be closer to that ledge; it’s a bit higher than I’d like now.  I wonder: Deborah has mentioned that one end of her beater was slightly raised — was the beater raised so the shed bottom could skim the ledge?  These things, plus the shaft adjustments (to lower the heddle eyes), I hope to rememdy before a second warping.

Weaving on Beauty is a dream; like simutaneously running and dancing on air!  The treddles are so easy to depress (compared to my jack table loom),  I was able to use my larger and higher Leclerc boat shuttles with ease, everything swishes with such lovely sounds, and the occasional whiff of beeswax so charming!  The busy-ness of my yarn made the pattern indistinguishable; after all my work with a full tie-up, I’ll stick to the much more pleasing plain weave to finish this project.  I’m looking forward to using these cheerful towels!

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19 February 2009 - Posted by | Weaving | , , , , , , ,

23 Comments »

  1. This is absolutely amazing, wonderful and a sight to behold. You have made a great job of the tie-ups. The whole thing has military precision and I love your search for braided cord. I am a little ashamed of my rough and ready cutting of my cords. Yours are all the same length!!!! I am particularly interested in the cords you have used to hang the shafts. What kind of cord is it?
    You write about the ease and pleasure of weaving. I love the way thye Bergman responds but have not woven on anything else so I am unable to compare.I also loved seeing close up pictures of your loom, which is larger than mine but I think in better condition. And lastly… a lovely towel to re-introduce beauty back into the world.

    Comment by deborahbee | 19 February 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank You, Deborah! The cords connecting the jacks to the shafts on both sides are all original. Yes, I was very lucky — except for treddle cording, 98% of the cords were intact. I wonder if they are from the 1930’s, or replaced at some point before the previous owner (even so, more than 30 years ago!)? That thin cord is seine. Trapunto mentions she found some from Earth Guild in one of her posts. The thicker cording connecting shafts to the upper lamms is the same as the treddle cording; I was missing only 2, so used the original cording removed from the treddles. If I had not had enough, I would have replaced all 8 with my newer rope, to keep the stretch/tensions similar.

    About the many looms, I don’t regret I purchased so many, as each has taught me something new. However, eventually I’ll narrow down my collection. There’s something to be said for the progress one can make being more focused, as you’ve shown us!

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 19 February 2009 | Reply

  3. The seine cording is the same as what was used to tie my heddles (which is why I think all cording was original to the 1930’s). I was concerned with the variations (to be expected, as these were hand-tied) in the heddles, but it hasn’t affected my shed here, that I’ve noticed, in any case. If it makes a difference with finer threads, I may re-tie myself some heddles some day. (I think it would be fun to do, as there is no pressure to do it immediately!)

    UPDATE: I’m sorry, the information above wasn’t corect — I should have double-checked before making this comment — the cord used to suspend the shafts is NOT the same as that used for the heddles. The heddle seine is finer, and slightly shiny. The shaft cording is thicker and matte. I didn’t have to replace any of the shaft cording, it came with the loom.

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 19 February 2009 | Reply

  4. I know the Kati you are talking about. I’ve taken a class from Kati Reeder Meek called Warp With a Trapeze and Dance With Your Loom using Live-Weight-Tensioned Warps. I think the class was actually Linen Weaving that also included the trapeze. I thoroughly enjoyed Kati and found she is so willing to share her knowledge. You can read about the class on my blog here http://tinyurl.com/b72wvp (you can click on any picture to enlarge). Then here http://tinyurl.com/chrddq when I created my own trapeze. Just this week I created a warp for dish towels to weave on my table top loom using a trapeze.

    I need to update my blog…

    I’ve enjoyed reading yours.

    Comment by Terri | 19 February 2009 | Reply

  5. Terri, wow, Thanks for letting me know more about Kati. The class must have been awesome, and your trapeeze is amazing! If I had more room behind the loom, or if I felt comfortable suspending one from the wall, I’d be tempted to make one also. I didn’t know how well known she is — I’ll edit my post to include her full name.

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 20 February 2009 | Reply

  6. Actually you can mount the trapeze on the front or back of the loom. I use the same trapeze on my 45″, 34″, and 20″ looms. The bonus is you won’t have to ask your DH for help dress the loom. I did that once… big mistake.

    Comment by Terri | 20 February 2009 | Reply

  7. P.S. With the trapeze mounted on the front you can still have the flexibility to warp back-to-front.

    P.S.S. Two people in our guild have Bergman looms, that they actually brought to a workshop once. It was a round robin workshop so I got to weave on both of them and it was dreamy. I’ve wanted one ever since.

    Comment by Terri | 20 February 2009 | Reply

  8. LOL, that is so funny, Terri. Same thing happened for me and DH. (It didn’t help that he kept saying things like “I’d rather have my teeth pulled than do this…”)

    Were the Bergmans 45″ looms or smaller? I can’t imagine traveling with mine, although the 24″ model is possibly smaller than a Schacht Baby Wolf. I’m so curious! PLEASE do tell what you liked about the Bergmans as opposed to the others!!!

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 20 February 2009 | Reply

  9. I went back to look at the pictures I took from the workshop (Bonnie Inouye – Twills, Twills, Twills) and it was hard to tell but I think one was a little smaller than the other.

    I just looked at our guilds photo album and found a couple of pictures.

    Here is the first one that I think was a little smaller. It’s located on the top of the picture and is made from maple.

    http://tinyurl.com/d8zlt3
    http://tinyurl.com/bovgax

    Here is the second one (sitting along the back wall) that has a similar finish as your loom and is the larger one.

    http://tinyurl.com/abwmju

    They are not your typical workshop loom. I was pretty surprised when I saw them being rolled in on dolly’s but glad they were there. It was fun helping to set them up.

    I want one… enjoy your SpinningLizzy!

    Comment by Terri | 20 February 2009 | Reply

  10. It looks like the smaller is a 24″ loom; the larger a 36″ one. I can’t imagine transporting the larger one for a workshop, but then, I have a small car! That looked like a really fun workshop! Thanks for sharing the pics!

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 20 February 2009 | Reply

  11. What a great blog and lots of information. I am pretty new to weaving but thoroughly enjoying it so far. Most of my weaving has been on a rigid heddle loom and a small 2-harness lorellyn Weaver. But I was looking for a larger loom and a nice Bergman 45″ 8-harness loom pretty much fell into my lap. he best we could tell is that it has sat stored since about 1980. I was a little overwhelming at first but I think I am getting more comfortable with it. All I had was the pamphlet “getting to acquainted with your Bergman loom”. The information I found here and on trapunto’s site has been a great help. I’m thinking mine is a newer loom than those I have seen on the web. It is a light colored wood and not quite as “ornate” as those I have seen. It can definitely accept a taller reed that 4.5″. But I am lucky in the that it has all the wires and tie ups for the lamms. Also lots and lots of heddles and even some additional tie ups for the lamms that look to be new. Anyway just wanted to thank you for the great information. I know I will be coming back often. It does look like it needs some adjustments but, in the mean time I’m going to go and warp it up for a scarf and just have some fun with it.

    Comment by Troyce Brooks | 21 February 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for stopping by, Troyce! You know, we Bergman fans would really love to see pics of your loom, and know more of the story behind it! There’s something very special about these looms — welcome to the club!

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 21 February 2009 | Reply

  12. Thank you. I didn’t even know what a Bergman loom was on Monday and by Tuesday my wife and I had one. I’ll have to get some pictures posted someplace so I can share them. It also came with one of the largest warping wheels I’ve ever seen, assembled it’s about 6 feet long and 3 feet in diameter. Looks like a matching bench as well. It was Betty Bell who hooked us up with it. I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about it. But I have decided I know nothing about warping a floor loom. Warps up a wee bit different than the rigid heddle loom. Will see about where I can post some pics so I can share them, and learn more about our loom. Thanks
    Troyce and Cathy

    Comment by Troyce Brooks | 21 February 2009 | Reply

  13. Oh, that sounds really beautiful! Does the warping reel look like this one on my prior post: https://spinninglizzy.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/first-warping-on-hedy/ ??? If so, it’s original Bergman! If it is, the best way to lock the crossbar (on the floor) to the two side stands is to point the dowels downward.

    (Who is Betty Bell?)

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 21 February 2009 | Reply

  14. Lizzy — Loved this post! WOW what incredible information, and so clearly stated and illustrated. How magical to have a loom with wings.

    Great find on that rope, and you always impress me with your ingenuity when it comes to inventing gizmos and gadgets to kluge things together.

    What cheerful and pretty towels those will be, and a delight to use every time, as they will remind you of your Beauty’s maiden voyage.

    Brava!
    Jane

    Comment by Jane | 22 February 2009 | Reply

  15. Yep that’s the warping wheel. Good to know that it’s a Bergman as well. Just met Betty last week. Not sure which guild she belongs to. We get together on Monday’s out at a gal’s place, at lake tapps, for spinning. And Betty was at the get together last week. She also does pottery. Cathy, my wife started spinning just over a year ago. I do a little spinning but mostly trying to weave. We needed a way to use up the yarn she makes. So it works out pretty well.

    Comment by Troyce Brooks | 22 February 2009 | Reply

  16. Okay have some photos posted to flickr. At least I hope I did it right. I technilogically inept so who knows. Also put up a couple views of our other looms as well.
    bergman2

    Comment by Troyce Brooks | 28 February 2009 | Reply

  17. Troyce: Man, but that is one gorgeous loom! Gus, what a great name, and already warped! I can see that the edges look more squared and sharp than mine. It’s so neat to see what changes these Bergmans went through over the years. Thanks for sharing the photos!

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 28 February 2009 | Reply

  18. This is an AWESOME post. Congratulations! I wish I could load the pictures to go with it. As with the suitcase loom, I can see just enough of your lovely beeswax-coated cords to lust after a proper new old-style cord tie up. Much pleasanter than melting smelly Texsolv over a candle. How fantastic that you found them at Ace! I’ll be back to look some more.

    Comment by trapunto | 3 March 2009 | Reply

  19. I’ve only just read all your comments and looked at the flickr photos. Congratulations on stirring up a real correspondance. There is so much to read. Its great that trapunto is back though having difficulty with her dial-up!!!I have sent off for spinning books and dying books….from Amazon and they should arrive tomorrow.

    Comment by deborahbee | 4 March 2009 | Reply

  20. I happened on your blog quite by accident, I crochet, and today on the ESTY email a crocheted hammock was presented. I had considered making myself a hammock using crochet, but the nylon cording I could find was way too expensive for my tiny wallet. I was following a link from the maker of the hammock about the fiber used to make the hammock, which led me to cording which in turn led me to your blog about replacing cords on your loom. I didn’t understand one word in ten due to the arcane nature of the discussion, but certainly not by your abilities as a writer. I was fascinated by the task and subject.
    I am not a longtime crocheter, just about 1 ½ years but as is my wont when I find something that captures my interest I have to delve. I have to delve past all understanding. So since I finally learned where to stick that hook (don’t go there!) I have been required to learning everything I can. Not just about crochet, though I’m pretty sure crochet will always be my first love, but not unlike the circuitous route that landed me in the midst of your blog. Crochet led to a study of yarns and threads, yarns and threads led me to fiber, fiber to spinning and spinning to weaving. I’ve been helped along the way by a great public library, and Interweave publications. Interweave offered free issues of several of their publications, and I have indeed purchased their crochet magazine, of the three printed crochet magazines to which I subscribe Interweave has an edge. As my education progresses, there is, at least on my end, a certainty they will recoup their investments. There were few of the terms used in your blog which were complete unknowns; how the terms and their corresponding parts and functions interact in order to produce a woven fabric are complete mysteries today. Only once have I been in the presence of a loom and that, years ago at a traveling exposition from China. It was massive, complicated and impressive as hell.
    I still haven’t explained my primary reason for writing. These days, at least in the Western World and probably in the entire world weaving has an inherent feminine characterization. Hang on before you decide to shoot the messenger, few men I know would, given all the 8 ½ x 11, color glossy photos, with circles and arrows and paragraphs on the back of each one ala “Alice’s Restaurant” would have even attempted doing what you did magnificently! Kudos! Bravissima! And Wow. And beyond that you made the piece you wrote enthralling. If you told me you did it backwards and in high heels, I wouldn’t bat an eye. Most sincerely, John Hablinski

    Comment by John Hablinski | 28 May 2010 | Reply

    • Hi John,

      Thank You so much for your lovely comment (blush). I haven’t been on the computer for what feels like forever, and I apologise for taking so long to reply to you. I’ve recalled your words often, and they have urged me on
      several times when I felt I would shirk from or become discouraged by some weaving challenge.

      It’s you that must be commended, for persevering to read through such a lengthy post about weaving when it sounds as if you didn’t yet have a loom! I think that your being able to read through my post indicates some latent weaving tendencies in you, and I hope that by the this time, you’ve remedied the situation by acquiring a loom of your own. But, beware, as a first loom often leads to many more. (I have a set of crochet hooks, but the number of looms I have exceeds the number of hooks!)

      By the way, if you’re still investigating the hammock, you may be interested to read “The Techniques of Sprang: Plaiting on Stretched Threads”, written by a very famous (and male!) weaver by the name of Peter Collingwood. It is available in many libraries (at least by inter-library loan) and occasionally surfaces for sale at a decent price.

      Thank You again for taking the time to write, and for stopping by!

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 10 July 2010 | Reply

  21. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST INFORMATION I HAVE EVER SEEN ON TYING UP A BERGMAN!!! I am spatial-relations challenged, and have never been comfortable around my beautiful Bergman for that reason. Now I can do it! I cannot overstate my delight and thankfulness. Just for information: I have a 45-inch eight-shaft Bergman dating from 1936, of which I am the second owner. (It came with the original, hand-typed instruction sheets. It too had spent some twenty or thirty years in a garage, and when I bought it, yarns and cord and lamms and lease sticks were hanging at odd angles, and I just hoped all the part were there. The were — including lots of original heddles that looked hopeless but responded well to a bleach bath, as well as a stash of original green cord. Some of the wires were missing, but I used the remaining ones as templates to replace them.

    I also have a 24-inch, non-folding baby Bergman, which came to me in pieces – but again, they were all there.

    Thanks SO much for this post!!

    Comment by Susan Berlin | 7 March 2014 | Reply


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