August 7, 2011
Previous set up in my new home with the backstrap loom. Notice how I have to brace the chair with my feet to keep it from coming into my lap. Painful on my hips to sit with my legs straight out after a couple of hours weaving. Probably because I have to keep pressure on the chair to keep it from coming over into my lap.
So I went to storage and got out my Archie Brenan Pipe loom. Laid the backstrap on the bed (it was already totally set up and secure), slid out the loom bars. Slid in the pipe loom between the warp layers (this is a rotatable circular warp). Then extended the loom to the correct tension with the nuts you see on the threaded side rods. Easy peasy. No more hyper extended legs, and alot less hip pain.
Now I simply lay the far end against a table in much the same fashion alot of folks use their rigid heddle looms.
The two Home Depot sticks are my lease sticks and have been pushed to the back side of the warp. They are usually just to the backside behind the top beam as stoppers on this circular warp. Unfortunately I had a few issues with this warp and moved them further down so that I could organize the threads. All of the problem areas are to the bottom of these sticks and will be fringe at the end of the weaving. It was the only way I could keep from trashing this warp of very fine threads. My heart is definitely not in this one.