Monday, May 11, 2020

I can hardly believe it!

My new 48" loom!
This year marks my 50th year as a weaver.
And one of the gifts I gave myself is a new loom! Yes! I ordered a new loom from Macomber in the fall of 2018 - and it was ready this winter. But because I was away in Indonesia until late March - it was not delivered until last month, April.

Here is my new loom just after it arrived - harnesses still not installed. This loom is 48" with two beams, and 8 harnesses.

My old 56" loom - that was with me from the time I graduated from RISD until now - has a new home in a weaving studio in Boston.
The 56" moves onward to a new life in Boston!

The 56" in her new home!
 So life goes on! The "Shelter at Home" requirements from the Pandemic, have given me long stretches of time to dig into new works, to complete ones that I started in Bali and warp the new loom.

I never get tired of weaving.
I still find joy and inspiration in making art with textiles. 
One of he highlights from last year was a one person show at The Common Thread Gallery This was a huge honor and I have a sweet little catalogue (7" square hardbound) that I am selling for $20 incl. shipping within the US.  Please click in the BUY NOW button to purchase one.

With much gratitude for your support - Sarah
Catalogue from a recent exhibit - purchase it on the blog!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Traveling opens your heart

I am on a three month sabbatical in Bali and SE Asia. While here I’m trying to meet dyers, spinners and weavers, as well as batik and basket makers. Even though I speak very little Indonesian the common language of thread reaches across the language barrier.
The ikat weaver invited me to weave!

The ikat weaver at her loom.

A gorgeous traditional indigo ikat.

Monday, June 24, 2019

56" Loom for sale

Macomber 56” Loom for sale $3,000
The loom is a real work horse!
  • Model B4E Serial # 2498 built 1976
  • 56" weaving width  8 Harnesses
  • Two plain beams, warp separator 
  • Double brakes (right/left, front/back) (2 friction brakes, 2 ratchet brakes)
  • Beater handle
  • 4 - 56" Stainless Steel Reeds =  5, 12, 15, and 18 EPI 
  • Total value = $13,000.00
  • Priced at $3000 in York, Maine

This loom has been lovingly used for over 40 years by one weaver. It has been maintained and serviced regularly. 


The beater handle is great for an even beat.

Double beams and custom double brake system.

Friday, June 1, 2018

New chapter for old loom




Eddie helps downsize my 56"
     After much thought and consideration,  I had Eddie come to my studio to help me "downsize"my 56" 16 H Macomber. As some of you saw I tried to sell this amazing loom a couple of years ago. She did not sell.
      I thought ... "Why not convert her into the loom that will work for me now?" I no longer use multi-harnesses for complex weaves. I no longer need all 16H. I no longer need a compressed air or computer based system.
     So Eddie helped me strip her down to what will serve my needs. She is now an 8 H loom with no computer aided system. She still has the two beams and double brakes and still weaves 56". I am happy -- and I can feel this loom sighing.
My beloved 56" feel lighter, less encumbered now.
     She is covered with scars from all the different holes that have been drilled into her over the years. From the first Electronic Singe Pedal with a compressed air tank mounted on the side of her castle, to the Designer's Delight CAD system mounted on her upper castle and to the CAD/CAM Dobby Air System  -- she has carried me well through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and now 2000s.  Forty two years of weaving faithfully, consistently and diligently. And now she gets a new life - a little gentler, a little less complicated and a little weathered from all the years of hard work. 
 I suspect this loom and I have many parallels.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Letting Go - 16 H 56" air dobby Loom for sale

    To be fully alive in one's body, to be an active participant in this physical world requires one to let go and say good bye to objects, people and situations. 
    After much reflection I have decided to let go of my beloved 56" 16Harness air dobby Macomber Loom. I've had her since graduation from RISD (1976).


16H 56" AIR DOBBY
MACOMBER AIR DOBBY LOOM FOR SALE
  • ~ Model B4E Serial # 2498 Built 1976
  • ~ 56 Weaving width, 16 Harnesses
  • ~ Two plain beams, warp separator
  • ~ Double brakes on cloth beam and upper warp beam (friction brake)
  • ~ Beater handle
  • ~ 4 - 56" reeds = 5, 12, 15, 18 EPI
  • Fully operational air dobby system = power supply, air system/solenoids, FiberWorks weaving software for Windows, Asus netbook included.
  • ~ 2 drafting lights
~ Leclerc 38" bench
~ Total Value = $13,817.00
~ Priced at $7, 500 in York, Maine
Double friction brake on upper beam
 

Air dobby system, double brakes on cloth beam


This loom has been lovingly used for over 40 years by one weaver. It has been maintained and serviced regularly. The air dobby system is highly desirable for this width loom - as the harnesses are constructed of solid steel and very heavy.

Please contact me for more information and any interest. THANK YOU!
sarah (at)sarahhaskell(dot)com

I am ever grateful for everyone's support of this blog and your purchase of my manual. And in case you are wondering --- I AM NOT QUITTING WEAVING!



Thursday, April 14, 2016

It's time.



Happy birthday age 2
     How did I get here?
    As a young person I did not give a thought to growing up or growing old. However, last week I signed up for Social Security and Medicare.
    I would say I got here with luck, good fortune, good genes and perseverance, discipline and commitment. Oh yes.......and the support of many beautiful people.

Winding a shuttle 1972
     I've been a sales rep for Macomber Looms for over 30 years (exclamation point here) and have woven on a Macomber Loom for over 45 years. I created this blog in 2009 as a way to help bring more visibility to the company as well as increase my sales. For the past year plus Macomber has had the capable Meredith on board.
     So it is time for me to bring this chapter to a close. I am NOT going to stop weaving and stitching - in fact I want more time to focus on my own work. I want to put more effort into my community art projects like "Well Used, Well Loved". Given that the numbers of hours per day is still only 24, I am letting go of certain aspects of my work load. One of those is this blog and my sales/service for Macomber Looms.
     If you are an old customer of mine - please feel free to call or email me - you've got my contact info. However you will notice I have removed that info from the blog. I will no longer be actively selling for them and no longer be assisting with loom problems. Please call the shop directly for this support - 207-363-2808.
At my loom 2015
It's been a wonderful run. Thank you ALL for your support, your orders and your purchase of the manual. YES- the manual will still be available on the blog as a purchase via PayPal. But I will not be doing any more updates.

You can still keep up with my work via my FB page - Sarah D. Haskell or my website

Happy weaving ~ and stay beautiful.
Love, Sarah

Monday, February 8, 2016

Twinkle toes

Foot rest on my 56" air dobby
The foot rest or foot rail or the B4 and B5 Macomber Looms has a very specific purpose. The treadles are hinged at the back of the loom - this is what gives the Macomber such good leverage and ease in lifting multiple harnesses for complex weaves. The foot rest allows you to leave your foot (when in the resting position) at the same height as your treadle. Then when you are ready to use that foot to engage with a treadle - you simply slide it towards the back of the loom and step down.

This photo is of my 56" which has the air dobby and thus the treadles are covered with a protective box. The other picture is of my 40" - a more typical foot rest set up.

There's an update on the treadle detecting device called TempoTreadle. Dawne has added many new features to the software and says she never will weave without it now! Check out her website and let her know if you are interested in giving one a trial.
40" with foot rest

Lastly - my newest community art project "Well Used, Well Loved" is fully launched. Eight hand-woven towels have traveled to households from London to Oregon. Kozo paper has traveled from Florida to Maine, to Texas and Washington, to North Carolina and New Hampshire. About 50 people are engaged in a compelling conversation about age and beauty. We have a close FB group for our discussions - but a public blog. Please check it out.

Happy weaving to all ~ Sarah



hand-woven towel getting well used and loved



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