Friday, October 9, 2009

One of your voices

I received this email from a weaver who posted her loom for sale with me back in April. She asked me to post these thoughts from her:

"I was asked recently if my loom was still for sale. Yes! It is.

I was also asked about AVL looms and if I had any comparisons. With 30+ years of weaving experience, these are my opinions. I have woven on both looms. It depends on what you are weaving.

In my experience, if you are weaving rugs or weft-faced structures, you need a strong loom that can take a lot of beating. Macomber is excellent for this. My first loom was the old Norwood, 4 harness loom, and it was beautiful. I had to put an angle iron on the beater, though, to weave weft-faced structures. Later, with my non-functional work, I used linen yarns and needed precise, strong, even tension, and the Macomber delivered.

When I purchased the Macomber, I had no idea what I would be weaving. I have thoroughly appreciated the versatility of the Macomber as it can handle yardage, scarves, pillows, etc., etc. Thanks. Hope all is well in ME" Karen Rutherford

And just to give you a sense of what is happening here in my studio, images of my work in progress. Happy weaving! Sarah


  1. I would concur. As I sit staring at my AVL, which has quit "talking to me" and is going to require either a refit of the e-lift or replacing it altogether (for around $3,000) I wonder why I EVER considered selling my Macomber. After I had considered doing so ONCE, I started thinking "What if I want to do a really great rug or something?" SOOOOO any "takers" were diplomatically-discouraged.
    Watch the ads, since you MIGHT get a good deal on a 40-shaft AVL in the near future (-;

  2. Thanks for the glimpse of your current work! Looks like it's something amazing....I look forward to seeing it off the loom!


  3. Nancy:
    Well put.... the original Macomber Loom was so incredibly well designed that even 70 years later, it still is the BEST loom available (no prejudice here!)